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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News July 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. Mini Clean-up in the Park, Friday, July 28, 4-6:30 p.m.

2. National Night Out Against Crime: Ice Cream Social in the Park, Tues., 8/1, 6:30–8 p.m., Volunteers Needed!

3. Halcyon Neighborhood Disaster Prep News: Save the date: Sunday 8/27, 10-noon!

4. District 3 Disaster Preparedness Town Hall, Sun. July 16, 4-5 p.m., 2108 Russell

5. Monthly Community Meetings with the CBCB: Second Sundays, 2 p.m., Starry Plough

6. Neighbor Seeking Cat Boarding with Neighbor in August

7. Crime Watch Update

 

EditorÕs Introductory Note:

 

As the summer gets underway, we have another neighborhood work party geared toward taking care of our neighborhood park, Halcyon Commons, coming up this month (see item 1) as well as a chance to continue strengthening our neighborhood crime watch with a fun ice cream social in early August (see item 2 for ways you can help), which will also serve as a chance to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Halcyon Neighborhood Association! Later in the summer, our rebooted Halcyon CERT group will be putting on a disaster preparedness expo in Halcyon Commons park on Sunday morning August 27 (see item 3); please save the date if youÕll be in town!

 

HereÕs to a great summer in the Halcyon neighborhood!

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

 

 

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1. Mini Clean-up in the Park, Friday, July 28, 4-6:30 p.m.

 

Mini Work Party in the Park

Meet at Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)

Friday, July 28, 4-6:30 p.m.

Delicious refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

* Weeding in Halcyon Commons and nearby landscaped barriers

* Graffiti removal if we have enough help

 

Many hands make light work: Please lend yours! Even half an hour helps. Children welcome. Bring your own tools if you have them, or use ours if you donÕt. We donÕt have any student volunteers to help with this work party, so itÕs up to us neighbors! WeÕll be getting our neighborhood common space spiffed up for our National Night Out Against Crime Ice Cream Social in the Park on August 1 (see item 2).

 

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2. National Night Out Against Crime:

Ice Cream Social in the Park, Tues., 8/1, 6:30–8 p.m.,

Volunteers Needed!

 

EditorÕs note: WeÕre anticipating another fun summer evening in the park, with delicious treats, a chance to meet neighbors (the most important ingredient of our neighborhood watch), and visits from police, firefighters, and city officials. This event is a crucial part of our neighborhood watch program, so please mark it on your calendars and let us know if youÕre willing to volunteer.

 

Ice Cream Social in the Park for National Night Out Against Crime

Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of HNA!

Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)

Tuesday, August 1, 6:30-8 p.m.

Delicious Middle Eastern appetizers and 25th Anniversary Cake courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

Homemade Ice Cream courtesy of neighborhood volunteers (with supplements and nondairy alternative courtesy of Whole Foods Market)

Children welcome and encouraged to attend!

 

Volunteers Needed: We still need a few volunteers to help with set-up at 5:45 p.m., to help with serving and sign-up sheets during the event, and to help with cleaning up at 8:00 p.m. Please email halcyon92@gmail.com if youÕre able to pitch in!

 

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3. Halcyon Neighborhood Disaster Prep News: Save the date: Sunday 8/27, 10-Noon!

 

Save the Date: Sunday, August 27, 10 a.m. to Noon

Halcyon Neighborhood CERT Expo!

Halcyon Commons park (Halcyon at Prince)

Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market

Fresh Coffee courtesy of Starbucks

 

The HNA CERT Group will hold its annual expo 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on August 27th in Halcyon Commons park. The themes this year are Applicability and Education. Rather than quickly exposing people to a great number of ideas and techniques, we plan for each station to explore a few things in depth and allow enough hands-on practice that people will leave the expo with skills they will still be able to use, should they need to, in six months or a year. We also plan to educate attendees as to available resources, CERTÕs mission, and opportunities to learn though, and participate in, CERT.

 

The next HNA CERT meeting is July 27th at 7 p.m. (address on Prince TBD), and all community members are very much invited to participate. Frankly, we could use a few more pairs of hands! For more information, feel free to contact hnacert@gmail.com.

 

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4. District 3 Disaster Preparedness Town Hall, Sun. July 16, 4-5 p.m., 2108 Russell

 

EditorÕs note: Councilmember Ben BartlettÕs office asked us to pass on the following announcement.

 

Disaster Preparedness Town Hall for District 3

Sunday, July 16, 4-5 p.m.

Church by the Side of the Road

2108 Russell Street (off Shattuck, near Berkeley Bowl)

 

Come learn what resources are available to help you, your family, and your neighbors get prepared for earthquakes and other disasters! There will be free food, drinks, and an emergency supply giveaway.

 

Join Councilmember Ben Bartlett, the Lorina Street Safe Shakes Group, and the Berkeley Disaster Prep Neighborhood Network.

 

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5. Monthly Community Meetings with the CBCB: Second Sundays, 2 p.m., Starry Plough

 

EditorÕs note: Following recent community outreach meetings, Councilmember Ben BartlettÕs office has announced that regular community meetings concerning the CBCB (Cannabis Buyers Club Berkeley, 3033 Shattuck at Essex) will be held on the second Sunday of each month at the Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck at Prince). Neighbors are invited to attend.

 

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6. Neighbor Seeking Cat Boarding with Neighbor in August

 

EditorÕs note: A Prince Street neighbor submitted the following announcement.

 

Hi, I live on Prince Street and I am exchanging houses with a couple in Wales from August 15 to 24. They canÕt have a cat in the house, so I need someone to board my 5-year-old Calico female, Swahila. She is social and friendly. I will pay someone $100 to take her into your home, and I will provide all food and equipment. You cannot have a cat or a dog. Please spread this message to your friends. Contact Kay Trimberger, trimberg@sonoma.edu

 

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7. Crime Watch Update

 

EditorÕs note: Our HNA Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=292160762499 often shares breaking crime reports in between E-News editions (your home and email addresses plus phone are required to participate so we can be sure the group is kept safe for neighbors, and we require this information prior to accepting your request to join). Remember, we rely on neighbors to fill in the details of crimes in our neighborhood, so, in addition to filing a police report (which can now be done online through the City of Berkeley website for some kinds of crimes: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/onlinereport/), please email halcyon92@gmail.com to pass the word on to your neighbors, or share it on our Facebook page, so we can all stay aware and vigilant. We donÕt want to engage in profiling, so if you include a description, please make it as detailed as possible and avoid generalities.

 

Crime update: It has been a while since weÕve had a list of cumulative crimes submitted for the E-News, but you can check out the details yourself at http://www.crimemapping.com/home or sign up for daily updates. If youÕd like to volunteer to compile a list every month or two, email halcyon92@gmail.com

 

EditorÕs note: Received from the BPD:

 

We Hope to See You at the Forum

 

As a reminder, we are less than a week away from our first Community Forum. The event is scheduled for Monday, July 17, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Berkeley Adult School (1701 San Pablo Avenue). This event is the first of four sponsored by Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood. 

 

The forum will be structured to give attendees an opportunity to engage staff from throughout the department. This includes the Chief, Command Staff, Detectives, Dispatchers, Area Coordinators, Beat Officers, Special Response Team members, Personnel and Training Staff, Motor Officers, and Parking Enforcement Officers. 

 

The remaining forums are scheduled for:

August 8, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Berkeley Public Library, South Branch, 1901 Russell St.

August 24, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Berkeley Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut St.

September 7, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Location TBD)

 

If you have questions about the events, please feel free to contact the Community Services Bureau at (510) 981-5806. We look forward to meeting you at our first event.

 

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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!

    Updated 2017.7.14 0:9:45 • by the b. wicinas "robot" bwicinas@pacbell.net