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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News 4/5/10

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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 Editor’s introductory comments express her personal viewpoint.

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Contents

1. New HalcyonNeighborhood.org website

2. Input Sought for Meeting with Whole Foods, This Thursday, April 8

3 World Tai Chi and QiGong Day, Saturday, April 24, 2010, 10-11 a.m., Halcyon Commons

4. Crime Watch Focus: Request for Alternates to Attend SNCPC

5. Crime Watch Update: Assault on Telegraph at Prince; Catalytic Converter Stolen, Essex at Wheeler

6. Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund Grant Workshop, Wednesday, April 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

7. Disaster Prep “Do Something Day,” Saturday, April 24

8. HNA Planning Disaster Prep Drill on Sunday, May 23, 3–5 p.m.: Can You Help?

9. New Yellow Emperor Community Acupuncture Clinic on Shattuck between Prince & Woolsey

10. South Berkeley Planning Process Underway

11. The 2010 Census: Berkeley Sites for Forms in Various Languages

12. AC Transit Route Changes: Links

13. Laundromat Permit Update: Link

 

Editor’s Introductory Note:

 

This edition of the E-News eliminates the placeholders found at the end past editions, including For Your Calendar, HNA’s Disaster prep Supply Cache Wish List; City of Berkeley Useful Contact Information; and HNA’s Guiding Principles. This information will still be available, stored on our new HalcyonNeighborhood.org website, thanks to neighbor Bruce Wicinas (see item 1). Keeping this ongoing information stored on the website will allow me to streamline the E-News and keep it focused on new material. Thank you, Bruce!

 

And don’t forget to join our Halcyon Neighborhood Association (HNA) group on Facebook if you haven’t yet. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors better!

 

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

 

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1. New HalcyonNeighborhood.org website

 

Prince Street neighbor Bruce Wicinas — one of the founders of HNA and a key organizer behind the creation of Halcyon Commons — has started a new website for the neighborhood, which can be found at www.HalcyonNeighborhood.org. Still in its infancy, the website will evolve as we see what works best and what kind of information we’d like to store. If you have feedback or historical material to offer, please email halcyon92@gmail.com.

 

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2. Input Sought for Meeting with Whole Foods, This Thursday, April 8

 

Several Halcyon neighbors and HNA Steering Committee members have been meeting every few months with team leaders from Whole Foods Market to address issues of mutual concern and strengthen our relationship in taking care of our shared neighborhood. Ongoing issues we’ve been addressing include parking issues, crime watch, graffiti removal, litter pickup, watering of street trees, reducing smoking on the Webster Street approach, traffic management, and more. Please email halcyon92@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 7, if you have an issue or concern you’d like us to pass on in our regular meeting this Thursday morning, April 8. (Please indicate whether you wish your comment to remain confidential or if it’s okay to pass on your contact information.)

 

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3. World Tai Chi and QiGong Day, Saturday, April 24, 2010, 10-11 a.m., Halcyon Commons

 

Instead of the regular tai chi chih practice on fourth Sundays, this month we’ll be holding our free monthly tai chi chih practice on Saturday, April 24, at 10 a.m., joining a wave of tai chi and qigong practitioners and healers around the world. Prince Street neighbor Judith Schwartz will once again be facilitating, and she invites those who want to practice tai chi chih as well as others who wish to share their healing or energy work (without charge) to join us in the park to be part of this worldwide wave of healing energy and chi. (Regular fourth Sunday tai chi chih practice in the park will resume May 23 at 11 a.m.)

 

World Tai Chi and QiGong Day, Sat. 4/24, 10–11 a.m.

Note: Rain cancels.

Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)

Facilitated by Prince Street neighbor Judith Schwartz, 510-843-2062

www.judithschwartz.com[Editor’s Note: Judith also offers ongoing classes to teach the Tai Chi forms in her Prince Street gardens; you can contact her for more information.]

 

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4. Crime Watch Focus: Request for Alternates to Attend SNCPC

 

HNA Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Dawn Trygstad Rubin submitted the following update and request regarding the SNCPC:

 

Many of you know that Halcyon Neighborhood participates as the unofficial “sector 8” with the Shattuck Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (SNCPC) in Oakland just south of us. Dawn Trygstad Rubin, HNA Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, attends monthly meetings with elected resident and business representatives from Oakland's Police Beat 11 and their PSO (problem-solving officer from the police department) and their neighborhood services liaison (from the Mayor’s office). She reports that it is consistently the most productive meeting she attends anywhere, with excellent cooperation between residents, business owners, police, and city staff working together to produce real results. The SNCPC has done proactive work with the Recreation Center at Bushrod Park, funded kids going to summer camps, closed drug houses, addressed nuisance issues, solved crimes, and more.

 

Twice each year the SNCPC hosts public meetings where they invite all residents and business owners/employees to gather. That means US TOO in the Halcyon Neighborhood. Last year there was an excellent meeting focused on the (still-ongoing) war between gangs in Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond over drug issues. Last month the first semiannual meeting focused on issues related to marijuana — both legal for medical purposes and illegal. Later this year in October (date TBD), the second semiannual meeting of the SNCPC will serve as the HNA annual crime watch meeting; look for the announcement in this E-News as the time approaches.

 

Dawn is looking for HNA residents to be alternates for our “sector 8” to attend the monthly meetings with her from time to time and to be alternates for the few times each year she is unable to attend. Please contact her at familyrubin@comcast.net or 510-843-3793 for more information.

 

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5. Crime Watch Update: Assault on Telegraph at Prince; Catalytic Converter Stolen, Essex at Wheeler

 

HNA Crime Watch Coordinator Dawn Trygstad Rubin, who attended the recent Bateman Neighborhood Association crime watch meeting, passed on the following information:

 

“There was a disturbing report. A lady was assaulted Friday [March 19]. She was outside the church (Prince and Telegraph), and a man was screaming obscenities. She asked him to stop and he attacked her pretty violently. A man walking on the other side of the street came to her rescue and the attacker fled. I didn’t get a good description — I think she said he was Caucasian and probably in his late twenties.”

 

An Essex Street neighbor submitted the following report:

 

“Catalytic converter sawed off and stolen from my 4runner overnight Monday, March 22, on Essex at Wheeler Street. . . . At Ron’s Berkeley Muffler they told us someone called in 15 minutes later from around the corner with the same problem. They said it takes two guys about two minutes to do the damage. Some people are in for $1,000 damage. It ‘only’ cost us $425.”

 

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6. Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund Grant Workshop, Wednesday, April 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

 

New collaborations sought for Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund

Grant Workshop on Wednesday, April 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the

North Berkeley Senior Center (1901 Hearst Avenue at Martin Luther King Jr. Way)

The Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund at the University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting grant applications for its 2010-11 grant cycle. The fund will distribute $225,000 in grants this year to support projects and programs that link UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students with residents and community-based organizations to improve the quality of life in Berkeley. The fund will host a workshop for interested applicants as well as potential community or university partners on April 7th.

 

Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund

UC Berkeley Office of Local Government and Community Relations

510-643-5299

calpartnershipfund@berkeley.edu

communityrelations.berkeley.edu

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7. Disaster Prep “Do Something Day,” Saturday, April 24

 

The Berkeley Disaster Prep Neighborhoods Network (“the Network”) is sponsoring Saturday, April 24, as a day for each family and individual to take at least one small step in increasing their level of disaster preparedness. See Berkeleydailyplanet.com.

 

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8. HNA Planning Disaster Prep Drill on Sunday, May 23, 3–5 p.m.: Can You Help?

 

HNA is planning a disaster preparedness drill on Sunday, May 23rd, with all interested neighbors encouraged to attend! In order to make the drill as useful as possible, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Dawn Trygstad Rubin would appreciate some assistance with the planning and preparation for the drill. Please email halcyon92@gmail.com if you’d be willing to help.

 

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9. Yellow Emperor Community Acupuncture Clinic Opens on Shattuck between Prince & Woolsey

 

[Editor’s note: I’m always glad to pass on the word about new businesses in the neighborhood. This one recently held an open house and several neighbors passed on the word.]

 

Yellow Emperor Community Acupuncture Clinic

3111 Shattuck Ave. (between Prince & Woolsey)

Berkeley 94705

510-227-4028

www.yellowemperorclinic.com

yellowemperorclinic@gmail.com

 

Hours: Tuesday–Friday: 3- 7 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Regular treatments $20-40 sliding scale

 

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10. South Berkeley Planning Process Underway

 

Editor’s note: While HNA’s Guiding Principles preclude us from getting involved in lobbying on potentially controversially topics, we do our best to let neighbors know about City planning that may affect our neighborhood. Neighbors interested in current planning taking place over the coming months (“the South Berkeley Community Project”) may wish to consult www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles

 

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11. The 2010 Census: Berkeley Sites for Forms in Various Languages

 

Editor’s note: It’s Census time, and for our city and county to receive the full federal funding to which we’re entitled, everyone needs to be counted! If you misplaced your census form or need one in a language other than English, here are some places with blank questionnaires.

 

Be Counted Only Sites in Berkeley (no questionnaire assistance but can pick up blank questionnaires in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian):

Berkeley Public Library-West Branch, 1125 University

Berkeley Free Clinic, 2339 Durant

Downtown Berkeley Library, 2090 Kittredge

City of Berkeley - Customer Service Center, 1947 Center St.

Mi Tierra, 2082 San Pablo

Berkeley Public Library-South Branch, 1901 Russell St.

Over 60/Lifelong, 3260 Sacramento

 

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12. AC Transit Route Changes: Links

 

berkeleydailyplanet.com

 

actransit.org

 

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13. Laundromat Permit Update: Link

 

Editor’s note: A link for those of you who’ve been following the laundromat permitting issue.

 

berkeleydailyplanet.com