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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News November 2017

 

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Items appearing in the HNA E-News are deemed to be of general interest to neighbors but do not necessarily reflect the views of Halcyon Neighborhood Association (HNA), its Steering Committee, or the Editor. The EditorÕs introductory comments express her personal viewpoint.

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Contents

1. Halcyon Thrive Circle Meeting, Sunday, Nov. 12, 3-4:30 p.m., Chochmat HaLev

2. Disaster Preparedness Update from the HNA CERT Group

3. HNA Planning Meeting for 2018: Sunday, 12/3/17, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

4. Whole Foods Market News: Next Drop-in Progress Meeting, Fri., 11/10, 8:15-9:00 a.m.

5. Halcyon Neighborhood AssociationÕs Guiding Principles

 

EditorÕs Introductory Note:

 

Many thanks to the great group of volunteers from CalÕs Berkeley Project, working alongside a handful of neighbors, who helped us get Halcyon Commons ready for winter with a thorough weeding and mulching of the park. Volunteers also removed graffiti in the larger neighborhood and gave the tree island on Halcyon near Webster and the landscaped barrier on Webster near Whole Foods Market some long-overdue attention. We appreciated delicious refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market and fresh coffee courtesy of Starbucks. Thanks, all!

 

Thanks as well to the awesome HNA CERT group, which continues to provide our neighborhood with excellent opportunities to increase our level of disaster preparedness (see item 2). In addition, the Halcyon Thrive Project is moving ahead with great opportunities to take our community building to the next level for those who are interested (see item 1). Finally, we welcome neighbors to join our HNA Steering Committee to help keep our neighborhood association going strong in 2018 (see item 3).

 

Yours in community,

—Nancy Carleton, HNA Co-Chair and E-News Editor, halcyon92@gmail.com

 

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1. Halcyon Thrive Circle Meeting, Sunday, Nov. 12, 3-4:30 p.m., Chochmat HaLev

 

EditorÕs note: If youÕre interested in joining Halcyon Thrive, email HalcyonThrive@gmail.com with your address, phone, and email, and weÕll add you to our Halcyon Thrive Google group, a place where any member can suggest shared activities, either on a one-time basis, or as an ongoing project (or spoke of our wheel). All activities are opt-in (no obligation), and a digest option from the Google group means you can keep emails to no more than one a day. Or youÕre welcome to attend the meeting on November 12 to learn more. We welcome Halcyon neighbors of all ages to join us!

 

 

 

Halcyon Thrive Circle Meeting

Sunday, November 12, 3-4:30 p.m.

Chochmat HaLev Meeting Room, Prince Street west of Fulton

 

Halcyon Thrive is a pilot project of Halcyon Neighborhood Association for Halcyon neighbors willing to take the next step in mutual support. Halcyon Thrive is conceived as a circle, or wheel, with all sharing responsibility and various spokes created depending on membersÕ willingness to step forth to organize them. So far we have three ongoing spokes: Halcyon Conversations (a chance for neighbors to share their expertise, passions, and interests with other neighbors in monthly gatherings at various neighborsÕ homes; two such gatherings, one focused on Indonesian textiles and one on the environment, have already taken place with great success), Halcyon Art in Community (which held its first gathering in October, where neighbors enjoyed making handmade booklets together), and a Halcyon Thrive Caring Circle (giving neighbors a chance to request and give support to one another, launching this month).

 

The Halcyon Thrive Circle Meeting on November 12 will include time for updates from the various spokes, including more detail on the launch of the Caring Circle this month. There will also be an opportunity for brainstorming about other ways we can grow community in our neighborhood. If you live in the Halcyon neighborhood (Telegraph to Adeline, Ashby to Woolsey, in South Berkeley) and want to be part of the Halcyon Thrive pilot project, including the Halcyon Thrive Caring Circle, please email your name, address, phone, and email to HalcyonThrive@gmail.com.

 

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2. Disaster Preparedness Update from the HNA CERT Group

 

EditorÕs note: Bill Swartz, co-coordinator for the HNA CERT group, submitted the following report.

 

October 29th saw Part Two of the HNA Community Emergency Response TeamÕs Hands-on Light Search and Rescue (LSAR) Class, including life-saving learning, demonic clowns, and lots of spiders! This class also marked the first time the Berkeley Fire Department has authorized a full-scale, credit-giving LSAR class outside BFD facilities. Read all about it here (lots of photos included!):

 

Full URL:

https://hnacert.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/halloween-lsar-hands-on/

 

Shortened URL:

https://goo.gl/XJgUgP

 

Please email hnacert@gmail.com to be included on our list for announcements of future classes held nearby, and opportunities to get involved in neighborhood disaster preparedness.

 

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3. HNA Planning Meeting for 2018: Sunday, 12/3/17, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

 

EditorÕs note: Each year, the HNA Steering Committee meets in December to map out rough dates for neighborhood activities for the following year, including work parties to maintain Halcyon Commons, disaster preparedness drills, crime-watch meetings, and social events, such as our popular neighborhood potlucks, celebrations in the park, Halloween parade (languishing until someone new steps forward), and more. Given our great information infrastructure and willing volunteers, it doesnÕt require much time on your part to make a big difference as a lead convener (or co-lead) for an event or activity. So much is possible in our neighborhood, but we depend on new neighbors getting involved to help keep us moving forward. The HNA Steering Committee uses a Yahoo listserv group for most of its planning to spare us from too many meetings in our already commitment-full lives (weÕll likely have just two or three Steering Committee meetings in all of 2018). We would very much welcome your participation!

 

Please email halcyon92@gmail.com if you want more information. All neighbors willing to work in the spirit of HNAÕs Guiding Principles (see item 5 below) are welcome to join the Steering Committee. WeÕre very much open to new projects (for example, in the past a couple of neighbors came forward to organize play dates for neighborhood children; another organized a neighborhood singalong, etc.). So if you have an aspect of the neighborhood youÕd like to see addressed, please step up! And we especially need your help if you have an interest in crime watch (two Steering Committee members who were point people in this area have retired or relocated recently) or kid-friendly activities (most of our current Steering Committee members donÕt have children at home, so we need you to help us tune in). For a modest investment of time, you can make a big difference right here where you live.

 

HNA Planning Meeting for 2018

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Meeting will take place at a home in the neighborhood. Email halcyon92@gmail.com for details.

 

This meeting is open to Steering Committee members plus interested members of our Crime Watch and Disaster Preparedness groups, and others who are willing to work together in the spirit of HNAÕs Guiding Principles (again, see item 5).

 

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4. Whole Foods Market News: Next Drop-in Progress Meeting, Fri., 11/10, 8:15-9:00 a.m.

 

EditorÕs note: Received from Whole Foods Market.

 

Next Drop-in Progress Meeting, Friday, November 10, 8:15-9:00 a.m.

Focus on Holiday Schedule and Logistics

Whole Foods Market (check in at Customer Service)

 

These meetings are held at the Community Table at the front of the store or outside, and the purpose is to share our plans for ongoing changes in the store, street litter control, and progress on any of the ongoing issues we discuss with HNA reps and nearby neighbors. The Store Team Leader is usually present, and anyone is welcome to join us. Of course there will be complimentary coffee or tea. Our goal is to follow up immediately on any issues that we hear about, and to hear how the store can be a better neighbor. As always, if there are ever any urgent issues, please call the store at 510-649-1333 and ask for the shift manager on duty. We have new shift leaders being trained, so please send an email to the group below so we can follow up appropriately. Always feel free to swing by too, if youÕd like to have a word with us.

hayden.richards@wholefoods.com

Zarah.graser@wholefoods.com

nc.brk.contacts@wholefoods.com

 

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5. Halcyon Neighborhood AssociationÕs Guiding Principles

 

EditorÕs note: Given our upcoming Planning Meeting for 2018 (see item 3), this is another good time to highlight HNAÕs Guiding Principles (which can always be found on our website).

 

HNA is a community group dedicated to stewardship of the Halcyon Neighborhood in South Berkeley (bounded by Telegraph, Ashby, Adeline, and Woolsey). We encourage positive, proactive, partnership-oriented approaches to improving the well-being of our neighborhood, with an emphasis on the following goals:

 

* Community building (such as regular potlucks, special events in the park, mutual support among neighbors, and multiblock yard sales);

 

* Ongoing care of Halcyon Commons (a park conceived of and created by the neighbors who founded HNA) under the nonprofit umbrella provided by Berkeley Partners for Parks and in partnership with the City of Berkeley;

 

* Continued greening and care of the neighborhood (planting trees, cleaning litter off streets, graffiti removal, and helping maintain public landscaped features);

 

* Strengthening neighborhood watch (crime watch, community safety walks, emergency preparedness, and disaster supply cache);

 

* Networking with the larger Berkeley community (nearby neighborhood groups, neighborhood businesses, City staff, and elected officials);


* Sharing information and empowering residents to become proactive in addressing neighborhood needs and in expressing individual viewpoints regarding civic affairs (spreading news through meetings, flyers, and the HNA E-News, and providing contact information).

 

To fulfill these goals, HNA provides a sanctuary from partisan politics so that neighbors with diverse viewpoints feel welcome to participate. Thus, HNA only takes stands on larger issues when there is near-unanimity among neighbors. By focusing on immediate local concerns, we find we can have a greater impact and get better results from the time we invest. Guided by these principles, HNA invites neighbors who are willing to work together in a spirit of partnership to participate at whatever level makes sense for them. Opportunities for serving on our volunteer Steering Committee and project-oriented committees are available to neighbors who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work together in a nonpartisan spirit. Neighbors are invited to step forward into leadership positions defined by the work they do in accordance with HNAÕs primary goals and guiding principles.

 

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For Your Calendar: HNA Dates Scheduled for 2017
Dates set as of March 8, 2017 (verify before event by checking current HNA E-News)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

5:30-8:45 p.m.

Post-Holiday Progressive Potluck (four courses at four households: see E-News for addresses).

Mar. 15, 2017

7:30-9:00 p.m.

HNA Steering Committee Meeting to track progress & plan for second half of 2017, Webster Street (email halcyon92@gmail.com for address)

Saturday, March 18 2017

9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Work Party in Halcyon Commons & Surrounding Neighborhood with Cal students from Berkeley Project, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince).
Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
Fresh coffee courtesy of Starbucks.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

 

Work Party in Halcyon Commons & surrounding neighborhood, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince).
Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
Coffee courtesy of Starbucks.

Wednesday, (season & date TBD)

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Watch Plus Community meeting (Crime Watch focus, Neighborhood Brainstorming re projects, with brief Disaster Prep segment), Location TBD (hopefully Chochmat HaLev)

Sunday, (spring or summer date TBD), 2017

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Halcyon Thrive-in-Place Subcommittee meeting, location TBD.

Friday, July 28, 2017

4:00-6:30 p.m.

Mini Work Party in Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince).
Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

6:30-
8:00 p.m.

National Night Out Against Crime: Ice Cream Social in the Park!
Celebrating Halcyon Neighborhood Association's 25th Anniversary
Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince).
Appetizer platters & cake & nondairy frozen courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
Homemade ice cream courtesy of neighborhood volunteer(s).

Saturday, (season & date TBD)

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Halcyon Disaster Prep event, Emphasis TBD (placeholder: either coordinate date with city or plan independently for HNA?)
Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince) [committee to set up half an hour early].
Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
Coffee courtesy of Starbucks.

Saturday, October X, 2017 (date TBD by Berkeley Project)

9:30 a.m.-
2:30 p.m.

Big Mulching Work Party & Graffiti Removal in surrounding neighborhood with Cal students from Berkeley Project, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince).
Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
Coffee courtesy of Starbucks.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

6:00-6:30ish p.m.

Costume Parade around Park for Kids, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince). Need neighbor to volunteer as lead!
Heavy rain cancels.

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

5:00-6:30 p.m.

HNA Steering Committee Meeting to set dates for 2018, Webster Street (email halcyon92@gmail.com for address.)

Sunday, January 21 OR 28?, 2018

5:30 -
8:45 p.m.

Post-Holiday Progressive Potluck (four courses at four households: see E-News for addresses TBD).

*HNA’s Disaster Prep Supply Cache Wish List

HNA’s Halcyon Commons Disaster Prep Supply Cache contains items intended to benefit the entire neighborhood in the event of disaster (primarily first aid, search & rescue, and communications supplies plus items for command center setup in Halcyon Commons). You can help us have what we need on hand in two ways: (1) Make a financial contribution for purchasing additional supplies to HNA (not tax deductible) or to Berkeley Partners for Parks, earmarked Halcyon (BPFP
is our nonprofit fiscal sponsor, so a check through them is tax deductible); mail or drop off your check to HNA Treasurer Susan Hunter, 3044 Halcyon Court, Berkeley, CA 94705. (2) Contribute any of the following items in-kind (supplies MUST be new or in EXCELLENT condition):

  • Duct Tape (this is a versatile supply that allows us to improvise with common household items in the event of a disaster: lots needed!);
  • Batteries (AA, C, D), regular & rechargeable; Battery Recharger for AA, C, D;
  • Quality Walkie-Talkies with 8-mile range, 22 channels (i.e., Motorola Talkabout T5500 two-way radios);
  • Axes; Crow Bars, Hard Hats;
  • Other Tools for Search & Rescue;
  • Head Lamps; Heavy-duty Flashlights;
  • Bullhorn;
  • Flashcard (for storing neighborhood database to transfer to laptop);
  • First Aid Supplies;
  • Gas Siphon (for extracting gas from cars to run generator);
  • Work Gloves;
  • Large Camping Tents (with ALL parts!);
  • Coleman or similar Gas or Propane Stove;
  • Two-Foot Lengths of 2x4s and 4x4s (good for cribbing and creating fulcrums for removing heavy objects during search & rescue operations).


  • Contact HNA Co-Chair and Cache Coordinator Nancy Carleton at
    halcyon92@gmail.com to contribute supplies.

    Berkeley Police:

    Police Emergency Number:
    911 (from landline);
    981-5911(from cell; preprogram with this number to reach Berkeley emergency from a cell)
    Police Nonemergency Number: 981-5900

    Link to beat maps and a list of beat officers:
    http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BerkeleyPartnersforP/602147a249/9a00c7ec5d/0b15b20282

    In the Halcyon neighborhood: west of Fulton is Beat 10; east of Fulton is Beat 9.

    Link to crime stats, Berkeley:
    http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BerkeleyPartnersforP/602147a249/9a00c7ec5d/42f61d76dd

    Link to police bulletins:
    http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BerkeleyPartnersforP/602147a249/9a00c7ec5d/d1559b4b0f

    Other City of Berkeley Departments:

    City Manager’s Office: Jim Hynes jhynes@ci.berkeley.ca.us 981-2493

    Nonemergency Call Center for Public Services: Dial 311 (you will be
    directed to the appropriate department) to report problems with street
    lights (get the tag number off the pole), blocked storm drains, tree
    branches down, etc.

    Public Works Customer Service: 981-6620 (streets, sidewalks, graffiti,
    sewers, litter, storm drains, street lights)

    Tree Trimming/Planting (Forestry)/Parks: 981-6660

    Written Communication with City Council

    To comment to the City Council, use following email addresses:
    “City Clerk” clerk@ci.berkeley.ca.us,
    “Mayor Tom Bates” Mayor@ci.berkeley.ca.us,
    “Councilmember Linda Maio” LMaio@ci.berkeley.ca.us,
    “Councilmember Darryl Moore” DMoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us,
    “Councilmember Max Anderson” MAnderson@ci.berkeley.ca.us,
    “Councilmember Jesse Arreguin” JArreguin@ci.berkeley.ca.us,
    “Councilmember Laurie Capitelli” LCapitelli@ci.berkeley.ca.us,
    “Councilmember Susan Wengraf” SWengraf@ci.berkeley.ca.us,
    “Councilmember Kriss Worthington” KWorthington@ci.berkeley.ca.us,
    “Councilmember Gordon Wozniak” GWozniak@ci.berkeley.ca.us

    Representatives for Our Neighborhood

    Councilmember Max Anderson (District 3) 981-7130
    MAnderson@ci.berkeley.ca.us
    West side of Wheeler Street to the west (except for Woolsey between
    Wheeler and Shattuck)

    Councilmember Kriss Worthington (District 7) 981-7170
    KWorthington@ci.berkeley.ca.us
    East side of Wheeler to the east (includes block of Woolsey from
    Wheeler to Shattuck)

    Mayor Tom Bates 981-7100 Mayor@ci.berkeley.ca.us

    Zoning Adjustments Board

    To comment to the Zoning Adjustments Board regarding projects on their calendar, email:
    Zoning Adjustments Board zab@ci.berkeley.ca.us
    (It’s best if at all possible to submit your comments 10 days prior to meeting for inclusion in the advance packet to board members, but late submissions will be distributed the evening of the meeting.)


    * Halcyon Neighborhood Association’s Guiding Principles

    HNA is a community group dedicated to stewardship of the Halcyon Neighborhood in South Berkeley (bounded by Telegraph, Ashby, Adeline, and Woolsey). We encourage positive, proactive, partnership-oriented approaches to improving the well-being of our neighborhood, with an emphasis on the following goals:
    * Community building (such as regular potlucks, special events in the park, mutual support among neighbors, and multiblock yard sales);
    * Ongoing care of Halcyon Commons (a park conceived of and created by the neighbors who founded HNA) under the nonprofit umbrella provided by Berkeley Partners for Parks and in partnership with the City of Berkeley;
    * Continued greening and care of the neighborhood (planting trees, cleaning litter off streets, graffiti removal, and helping maintain public landscaped features);
    * Strengthening neighborhood watch (crime watch, community safety walks, emergency preparedness, and disaster supply cache);
    * Networking with the larger Berkeley community (nearby neighborhood groups, neighborhood businesses, City staff, and elected officials);
    * Sharing information and empowering residents to become proactive in addressing neighborhood needs and in expressing individual viewpoints regarding civic affairs (spreading news through meetings, flyers, and the HNA E-News, and providing contact information).
    To fulfill these goals, HNA provides a sanctuary from partisan politics so that neighbors with diverse viewpoints feel welcome to participate. Thus, HNA only takes stands on larger issues when there is near-unanimity among neighbors. By focusing on immediate local concerns, we find we can have a greater impact and get better results from the time we invest. Guided by these principles, HNA invites neighbors who are willing to work together in a spirit of partnership to participate at whatever level makes sense for them. Opportunities for serving on our volunteer Steering Committee and project-oriented committees are available to neighbors who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work together in a nonpartisan spirit. Neighbors are invited to step forward into leadership positions defined by the work they do in accordance with HNA’s primary goals and guiding principles.


    The Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News: The HNA E-News forwards items of general interest to neighbors in the Ashby/Telegraph/Woolsey/Adeline area of south Berkeley (HNA’s borders), including announcements about community-building potlucks, greening projects, crime watch, disaster preparedness, and work parties in Halcyon Commons park. If you’re receiving this email, you probably either signed up at a neighborhood event or a neighbor forwarded it to you. Please note that to prevent spam, HNA does not share your email address with third parties. If you wish to be removed from this list, please contact HNA Co-Chair Nancy Carleton/Halcyon Neighborhood Association at halcyon92@gmail.com. Feel free to pass the HNA E-News on to other neighbors you think might be interested.

    To submit items for the newsletter: Email brief, unformatted content or links (no graphics or attachments please!) to HNA E-News Editor Nancy Carleton at halcyon92@gmail.com. Crime-watch reports and news about neighbors (births, new jobs, announcements about home businesses or creative projects) are especially welcome. Please note that due to the volunteer nature of the endeavor, the E-News does not include “letters to the editor” or “commentary,” but will gladly include links to such items written by neighbors in the Ashby/Telegraph/Woolsey/Adeline area and published elsewhere (the
    Berkeley Daily Planet has a large section devoted to opinion). Also, please note that the E-News is typically published the second week of each month; submit your item early if it relates to a future event, and there’s a greater chance it will be included.

    HNA Halcyon Safety Walk & Neighborhood Watch Listserv: For those interested in getting breaking crime-watch news, discussing ways to make our neighborhood safer, and perhaps participating in night-time and daytime safety “dog” walks (dogs not required!) to build community and serve as eyes on the street, please contact halcyon92@gmail.com indicating your interest in this listserv, and you’ll receive an invitation to join. For everyone’s safety, be sure to include your full name, address, email, and phone.

    HNA Disaster Preparedness Listserv: If you’re interested in helping out with neighborhood disaster preparedness, please contact halcyon92@gmail.com indicating your interest, and you’ll receive an invitation to join. For everyone’s safety, be sure to include your full name, address, email, and phone.

    HNA Steering Committee Listserv: If you’re interested in serving on HNA’s Steering Committee in alignment with HNA’s Guiding Principles, email halcyon92@gmail.com to indicate your interest. The Steering Committee conducts most of its business via listserv (with one or two in-person meetings annually); members agree to assist with at least one or two HNA events during the course of the year and to answer Yahoo group polls to aid in planning.

    Halcyon Neighborhood Association Facebook Group: Our HNA Facebook group (http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BerkeleyPartnersforP/602147a249/9a00c7ec5d/36acb93edf/gid=292160762499) gives neighbors fresh opportunities to network, build community, and share ideas about issues of mutual concern. Open to immediate neighbors, friends from nearby neighborhoods, and former neighbors who want to stay in touch.

    HNA Blog: If you would like to view previous newsletters online (and comment via a blog format, though this is a low activity blog), please visit http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BerkeleyPartnersforP/602147a249/9a00c7ec5d/8af94d44a8.

    HNA is an adopt-a-park affiliate with the nonprofit Berkeley Partners for Parks (BPFP). Thanks to VerticalResponse for the donation of email services for sending the HNA E-News!

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