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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News 8/2/10

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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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1. National Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday, August 3, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

2. Crime Watch Update: Car Break-ins & Gas Siphoned

3. Extended Hours at West Campus Pool (Friday evening & weekend afternoons)

4. Free Monthly Tai Chi Practice in the Park, Sunday, August 22, 11 a.m.

5. Flower Pears Heavily Trimmed on Halcyon Court due to Fire Blight

6. Work Party in Park & Surrounding Neighborhood, Tues., Aug. 24, 1:30-4:30 p.m.


Editor's Introductory Note:


I'm having computer problems and thus having to compose this on my laptop rather than my usual computer. My regrets if something you submitted isn't included — I simply didn't have access to everything and had to simplify or summarize in some cases. So other items will have to wait until the next edition! But I wanted to be sure to get something out since a very important annual neighborhood event is taking place this Tuesday evening: National Night Out Against Crime. As mentioned in item 2, we've been experiencing a wave of car break-ins and burglaries, so this year's National Night Out event (see item 1) is as important as ever. By showing up, we demonstrate to City staff from the Police and Fire Departments — as well as to our elected officials — that we neighbors are committed to doing our part to help stop crime and get prepared for disasters. Please do your part by showing up for a fun potluck in the park (delicious Mediterranean appetizers donated by Whole Foods Market will start us off right), followed by a neighborhood safety walk.


Finally, I want to thank Amy Blackstone for adding a beautiful finishing touch to the archway at the north end of Halcyon Commons (over time it too will rust and mesh with the rest of this beautiful piece of art), as well as neighbors Susan Hunter and Bruce Wicinas who helped with the installation. Check it out the next time you're in our neighborhood commons! And Bruce also receives our sincere gratitude for speedily fixing the broken glass in the bulletin board in Halcyon Commons.


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



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1. National Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6:30–8:30 p.m.


HNA is once again participating in National Night Out Against Crime! Please join us! Your participation in this fun evening is crucial to our efforts to create a safer, healthier, and friendlier neighborhood!


Tuesday, August 3, Halcyon Commons Park (Halcyon at Prince)

6:00-7:30 p.m.: Community Potluck in the park, with visits from the Police Department, Fire Department, and City officials (including a commitment to stop by from Councilmember Kriss Worthington)

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Neighborhood Safety Walk to include the Oakland border and Ed Roberts campus area and identify any problem spots or issues


Delicious Mediterranean appetizers courtesy of Whole Foods Market!

Paper plates, cups, and napkins courtesy of HNA.


Neighbors: Please bring a food item (and, if possible, beverage) to share:

Main Dish: P-Z * Salad: A-H * Dessert: I-O

[If not obvious, kindly attach a label with ingredients for your dish to alert those with vegetarian and other diets. It's helpful if many of you can also bring a beverage to share.]


This event is a great chance to ask questions and introduce yourselves and your children to police officers and firefighters. It's also an opportunity to show representatives from the City that we're concerned about crime and are willing to work in partnership to help address it.


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2. Crime Watch Update: Car Break-ins & Gas Siphoned


Editor's note: I don't have access to a couple of reports neighbors have submitted, but from memory I know that one person experienced having gas siphoned on Prince Street, and from reports and observation of broken car glass, there have been at least eight instances of car break-ins (two on Halcyon, three on Prince Street, two on Webster street, one on Woolsey). Given that not all car break-ins get reported to me at the E-News, that means we're really experiencing a wave of them. I've urged before that people be careful and avoid leaving anything valuable in your cars (that includes change in obvious places such as ashtrays). Also be aware that some car break-ins are happening in broad daylight. We will only stop this wave if we become even more proactive in calling the police when we notice any suspicious behavior, including possible casing, people carrying tools that could be used for break-ins, etc. In addition, I've heard that many burglaries continue to take place. So please: Call the Police nonemergency number at 981-5900 to report suspicious behavior, or call 911 from a landline for crimes in progress, or 981-5911 from your cellphone (be sure to program this emergency cellphone number for Berkeley into your call list). Finally, come on out on Tuesday night for National Night Out Against Crime (see item 1), and be part of the solution!


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3. Extended Hours at West Campus Pool (Friday evening & weekend afternoons)


Editor's note: Bateman Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Marcy McGaugh forwarded the following information after valiant efforts to save Willard Pool on the parts of Councilmembers Worthington and Wozniak failed to get more than four votes on Council. Marcy writes:


To make up for closing Willard Pool, City Council voted to put in place extra swim hours at West Campus pool. So here's the schedule:


Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day: Public Swim, 1–4 p.m.

Friday night swims through Labor Day: 7–9 p.m.


Note that Friday night swims will be called Lap Swim Hours, but the lifeguards will always let kids in to swim in the shallow end, so it's really Family Swim. There are a few lap lanes open for lap swimmers, but the shallow end, and sometimes even another lap lane, remain for families.


All of this is conditional. If we don't get enough patronage, then these hours will be cut. So take advantage of this opportunity so as not to lose it.


West Campus pool is almost exactly the same build as Willard. But it's actually better — cleaner and solar-heated, functional showers and lots of them. It's located at Addison and Browning, a block south of University Avenue where Addison dead-ends into Browning.


Please circulate this news to your neighbors so that we can keep this facility open and it can be enjoyed!


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4. Free Monthly Tai Chi Practice in the Park, Sunday, August 22, 11 a.m.


Free monthly Tai Chi Chih Practice (fourth Sundays at 11 a.m.)

Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)

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



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


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5. Flowering Pears Heavily Trimmed on Halcyon Court due to Fire Blight


Editor's note: I have to summarize here as I don't have access to the email where I received a full and well thought-out explanation from a Webster Street neighbor and the City of Berkeley's Forestry Department regarding uncharacteristically heavy pruning of flowering pears on Halcyon Court.


Neighbors on the east side of Halcyon Court had contacted the City of Berkeley's Forestry Department due to a blight they noticed on the flowering pear street trees on their side of the block. These trees were planted by us neighbors with City cooperation as part of the lead-up to the creation of Halcyon Commons in the early 1990s. The wet season unfortunately helped spread the blight on the trees. Their only chance of survival was for tree trimmers to trim off all blight-infected areas, meaning that the trees received quite heavy pruning. We won't know until next season whether this will allow the trees to survive and regrow their canopies or whether the trees will ultimately have to be replaced. Halcyon neighbor Caleb Dardick expressed his appreciation to City staff members for their excellent communication with neighbors as well as the care they showed in pruning the trees branch by branch. Similarly affected trees on Webster will also need such heavy pruning to have the best chances of survival.


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6. Work Party in Park & Surrounding Neighborhood, Tues., Aug. 24, 1:30-4:30 p.m.


Work Party in Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince) & Surrounding Neighborhood

Tuesday, August, 24, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

With volunteer help from students with UC Berkeley's School of Public Health

Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market


We're having a rare work party on a weekday! While the bulk of the labor is being provided courtesy of student volunteers from UC Berkeley's School of Public Health (a community service as part of their orientation week), neighbors Nancy Carleton and Susan Hunter would appreciate a few neighborhood volunteers so we can send out some crews to weed nearby planted features as well as to remove graffiti in the larger neighborhood (as far down as the Ed Roberts Campus if we get some neighborhood team leaders). So if you're not often able to make one of our Saturday or Sunday work parties, or if you have a free Tuesday afternoon, please email halcyon92@gmail.com to let us know you can help out. We're able to utilize student volunteers most effectively when we have the help of a few neighbors who know the area. And if you know of a problem spot on your block or nearby with graffiti or trash, this is a great chance for you to receive a few young, strong, and idealistic student volunteers to help you get it taken care of!


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* For Your Calendar: HNA Dates Scheduled for 2010

Dates set as of March 2010 (verify a couple weeks before event by checking HNA E-News):

* Ongoing, fourth Sundays (except April) 11 a.m. - noon Free Tai Chi Chih practice in Halcyon Commons Park, facilitated by neighbor Judith Schwartz (rain cancels)
* Saturday in March 13, 2010 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Work Party in Halcyon Commons & Surrounding Neighborhood with Cal students from Berkeley Project, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon Court at Prince Street)
* Saturday, April 24, 2010 10-11 a.m. Tai Chi Chih Practice in the Park with Judith Schwartz on World Tai Chi and QiGong Day, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
* Saturday, May 8, 2010 9:30-12:30 Work Party in Halcyon Commons & surrounding neighborhood, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
* Sunday, May 23, 2010 3-5 p.m. Disaster Prep Drill, Halcyon Commons park across from disaster prep cache
* Sunday, June 6, 2010 5:30-7:30 p.m. Summer Community Potluck, location TBD
* Saturday, July 10, 2010 9:30-12:30 a.m. Work Party in Halcyon Commons & surrounding neighborhood, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
* Tuesday, August 3, 2010 6:00 -8:30pm see detail
National Night Out Against Crime (potluck 6-7:30; safety walk, 7:30-8:30), Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
* Weekday afternoon in late August (date TBD) 1:30-4:30 p.m. Weeding in Halcyon Commons & Graffiti Removal in Surrounding Neighborhood with student volunteers from UC School of Public Health, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
* Sunday, October 3, 2010 4:30-6:30 p.m. Big Celebration & Potluck in park with live music, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
* Weekday night in October (date/time TBD) SNCPC Annual Meeting , Oakland Senior Center
* Sunday, October 31, 2010 time TBD Costume parade around park for kids, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
* Saturday, Nov 6, 2010 9 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)
* Sunday, December 5, 2010 4-5:30 p.m. HNA Steering Committee meeting to set dates for 2011, 2329 Webster
* Sunday, January 23, 2011 5:30-8:45 p.m. Post-Holiday Progressive Potluck, four locations 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:

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

    Link to crime stats, Berkeley:

    Link to police bulletins:

    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
    West side of Wheeler Street to the west (except for Woolsey between
    Wheeler and Shattuck)

    Councilmember Kriss Worthington (District 7) 981-7170
    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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