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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News 8/1/15


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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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1. National Night Out Against Crime: Ice Cream Social in the Park, Tues., 8/4, 6:30–8 p.m.

2. Multiblock Yard Sale Saturday August 22, 10-2: Sign up by August 14!

3. Crime Watch Update

4. Whole Foods Market News: Next Drop-in Progress Meeting Friday, August 14, 8:15-8:45 a.m.

5. Emergency Preparedness: 10/17 Save the Date!


EditorÕs Introductory Note


Our Garden Party Benefit last month was a huge success, with just over $1,800.00 raised toward installing a halcyon bird sculpture in Halcyon Commons in time for next yearÕs 20th anniversary of the park. Thanks to gift certificates and baskets solicited by the event organizing team of Joanna Phoenix, Lynn Richards, and Linda Blachman from twenty-three local businesses, we had fun raffle items to bid on. Local jazz guitarist Rob Lyons provided the musical backdrop, and Whole Foods Market very generously donated the catering. Nancy CarletonJay MigliaccioMark FoyJohn SteereMichelle Thelen-Steere, and Stephen Pitcher helped with publicity, along with a team of twenty neighbors who dropped flyers to 840 households. Mary Stoker, Michelle Thelen-Steere, D Scott Phoenix, Ron Heglin, and Nina helped out at the event itself; a team of neighbors also helped weed and set up in the garden the week before, including Bruce Wicinas, Nancy Carleton, Nina Lyons, Ron Heglin, Mary Stoker, Lynn Richards, and Justin Richardson. In addition to raising the funds, the garden party provided an excellent chance to build community while enjoying NinaÕs amazing sculptures. Now weÕre ready to take the sculpture project forward through the permitting process this fall!


Another chance to build community -- which helps make our neighborhood safer and more convivial both in terms of preventing crime and being prepared for an emergency like a big earthquake -- is coming up next Tuesday (see item 1). Hope to see many of you there!


—Nancy Carleton, HNA Co-Chair and E-News Editor,


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1. National Night Out Against Crime: Ice Cream Social in the Park, Tues., 8/4, 6:30–8 p.m.


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

Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)

Tuesday, August 4, 6:30-8 p.m.

Delicious Middle Eastern appetizers and sheet 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!


WeÕre anticipating a fun summer evening in the park this evening, with visits from police, firefighters, and city officials. This event is a crucial part of our neighborhood watch program, so bundle up to stay warm and please come out and support it with your presence! 


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2. Multiblock Yard Sale Saturday August 22, 10-2: Sign up by August 14!


EditorÕs note: HNA Treasurer and Halcyon neighbor Susan Hunter, who has organized many successful multiblock yard sales in the past, is planning on organizing another one for Saturday, August 22, just as students return to town and before UC classes start. See her message below.


ÒSummer Sale? Anyone else out there up for another Multi-Block Yard Sale sponsored by HNA? Cost to participate will be $3-5 (sliding scale, depending on size of your sale) toward supplies for flyers and map of sales, and everyone who plans on selling will need to post about 30 flyers, have maps available at their sales, and make two large posters, which will be hung in areas to be determined. ItÕs best to put the flyers and posters in assigned areas so that all the areas get covered adequately. Once weÕve determined whoÕs participating, IÕll break up the areas accordingly. In the past some households have just set up on the day of the sale without participating in our advance organizing, but what really makes this multiblock sale work best for all of us is having enough houses registered beforehand so we can include this in our advertisements and on the map of sales; people turn out in bigger numbers when they know there will be multiple sales, so please participate in this tried-and-true method and sign up ahead! Please email by Friday, August 14, to sign up.Ó (Your response will be forwarded to the event organizer, Susan Hunter.)


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3. Crime Watch Update


EditorÕs note: Our HNA Facebook group at!/group.php?gid=292160762499 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). 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:, please email to pass the word on to your neighbors, or share it on our Facebook page, so we can all stay aware and vigilant!


Thanks to HNA Steering Committee member Mikel Delgado for assembling this list of crimes (from in and near our neighborhood (Mikel is now including a broader territory, including incidents outside the boundaries of our neighborhood, in her reports, so take that into account when comparing this with prior reports; indeed, many of these crimes took place just outside HNA boundaries). Thank you, Mikel!


Recent crimes in the neighborhood (and a little beyond)

4/10 vehicle stolen (near Ashby BART

4/12 robbery Telegraph & 66th 

4/13 residential burglary Essex & Wheeler 

4/14 Misc. theft at Telegraph & Ashby 

4/17 residential burglary Prince & Fulton 

4/19 Misc. theft at Shattuck & Ashby 

4/30 commercial burglary Essex & Adeline 

5/2 Misc. theft at Deakin b/w Prince & Webster 

5/3 car stolen Woolsey & Shattuck 

5/5 car break-in Woolsey & Fulton 

Also note seven residential burglaries in the Prince /Dana /Woolsey /Benvenue area (4/6, 4/14-2; 4/15, 4/24, 4/25, 5/3) and a few car break-ins (4/4, 5/3) in the same general area.


6/1 felony theft Shattuck & Ashby

6/2 car stolen Dana & Dowling

6/4 car stolen Woolsey & Colby

6/6 residential burglary Prince & Shattuck

6/5 theft Telegraph & Ashby

6/6 theft Telegraph & Ashby

6/12 larceny theft Shattuck & 66th

6/12 theft Ashby & Fulton

6/14 car break-in Prince & Telegraph

6/14 robbery Telegraphy & Ashby (noon)

6/15 car break-in Webster & Deakin

6/16 car stolen Webster & Deakin

6/19 car stolen Prince & Shattuck

6/22 car break-in Prince & Telegraph

6/26 robbery Ashby & Newbery (5:20 a.m.)

6/26 car stolen Shattuck & 65th

6/30 residential burglary Woolsey & Dover

7/3 theft from person Shattuck & Essex

7/8 car break-in Prince & Telegraph

7/8 residential burglary Woolsey & Whitney

7/9 robbery Ashby & Newbery (12:15 a.m.)


Also cars stolen at: Ashby & Hillgass (6/30); Woolsey & Eton (6/22, 6/23, and 7/3); Milvia and Oregon (6/7, 6/26); Russell and MLK (6/14);Telegraph and Ward (6/23, 6/25) and several others!!!


Reported by a neighbor to our Facebook group:


ÒI live on Essex Street between Wheeler and Shattuck. I came home tonight to find my back gate unlocked at the top and splintered from someone trying to get into my backyard. Thankfully, I have a second lock on the gate on the inside that canÕt be unlocked without a key. After the wood splintered, that inside lock still held the gate securely and no one was able to get in. Had they had a bit more time, though, and it would have been a different story. My assumption was that they were scared off. I actually have video cameras and a dog. So, they were either very brave or really dumb. Just be on the look out. Getting the gate fixed and secured more effectively tomorrow. Oh, and yes, am letting Berkeley PD know.Ó


Another neighbor commented to our Facebook group:


ÒAnd once again on the issue of leaving ÔfreeÕ stuff on the sidewalk: Informally, this works fine right in front of your own home or apartment so long as (a) what you leave out is genuinely stuff someone else might conceivably want (i.e., not obvious trash) and (b) you take follow-up responsibility and remove it if no one-s taken advantage of your free item(s) after a week (that is, you take it to the dump, a creative re-use site, a charitable organization that wants it, etc.). What definitely isnÕt cool is what someone did recently at the NW corner of Halcyon and Prince: leave your stuff in front of someone else's sidewalk (in this case in front of the therapy offices on the corner) or by the park or other landscaped feature -- definitely bad form and makes the free stuff someone elseÕs problem!Ó


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4. Whole Foods Market News: Next Drop-in Progress Meeting Friday, August 14, 8:15-8:45 a.m.


EditorÕs note: News from Whole Foods Market. Please note that the Telegraph Avenue store has a  relatively new Marketing Team Leader, Ruby Beaupre. If youÕd like to be added to the neighbor notification list that Ruby Beaupre will be maintaining for the neighborhood-WFM meetings (and to notify neighbors when work is being done at the store), please email her at


Next Drop-in Progress Meeting, Friday, August 14, 8:15-8:45 a.m. [NOTE DATE CHANGE!!!]

Whole Foods Market (check in at Customer Service)


ÒThese meetings are held at the Community Table at the front of the store, 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.Ó


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.


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5. Emergency Preparedness: 10/17 Save the Date!


EditorÕs note: HNAÕs Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Susan Snyder, submitted the following announcement about HNAÕs participation in the citywide disaster preparedness exercise on Saturday, October 17. Please lend a hand! For a small investment of time, youÕll be making a big contribution to our level of neighborhood preparedness.


Mark your calendars to join HNA neighbors for the Berkeley citywide emergency preparedness exercise! This yearÕs date is Saturday, October 17, 9-11 a.m. WeÕll have training stations and simulations. Volunteers are always appreciated to help make our community safer! Contact Susan Snyder ( for more information.


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