Vendome Neighborhood Association

Vendome Voice: Volume 4 Number 2

August 2010

A Stroll Through the Vendome

The Downtown Neighborhood Leadership Forum organized a series of neighborhood walking tours. The tour of our neighborhood was on July 31st, and was led by VNA President Tina Morrill. A dozen people attended, not only from the Vendome, but also from the Northside, Hyde Park, St. James and Downtown neighborhoods.

mural at Ryland Dog Park From Taylor Street, the tour group walked south down North San Pedro Street. After a brief historical background on our street names, we stopped at the median islands, the Vendome sign, and the Ryland Dog Park and mural. We also stopped and toured the house for sale at the corner of San Pedro and Fox Avenue. The tour ended at Ryland Park, and included the Rotary Ryland Pool, which serves the Vendome and many surrounding neighborhoods.

Topics such as traffic calming and neighborhood activities were discussed, as well as the architectural diversity of homes in the Vendome. Judy West (on Hobson) even brought along her collection of Vendome Hotel postcards, so that everyone could see the grand hotel that once graced our neighborhood.

Late Summer at Rotary Ryland Pool

The Summer Swim season at Ryland Ryland Pool might be extended through September. The season was originally slated to end in mid-August, but as of early August, there is the possibility that it might be extended.

The Friends of Ryland Pool are hoping to sponsor a Fridays with Friends recreation swim on Friday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00, after the regularly scheduled lesson ends. The Friends are also working with the California Sports Center — the pool operator for this year — on possible extended hours for Saturday recreation swim through September.

Stay tuned to the Vendome Yahoo Group for updates on the Rotary Ryland Pool schedule. And keep making use of our neighborhood pool!

Freight Loading Zone on San Pedro

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has created a freight loading zone on the east side of North San Pedro Street, adjacent to Guru’s Market. Loading zone hours are between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Many neighbors protested the creation of this loading zone, and there was a petition with over 40 signatures, but the DOT decided to proceed. They did, however, create a red zone on George Street in front of the market, to prevent patrons from parking in front of the fire hydrant located there.

Although many of us would’ve preferred that the loading zone not be installed here, it might lessen the disruption to neighbors on George Street — provided that the delivery trucks do use the San Pedro loading zone. And it may further calm the traffic on San Pedro.

The Joyce Ellington Library

opening day at Joyce Ellington LibraryAfter a three-year renovation, the Joyce Ellington Library opened to the public on June 28, 2008. This lovely library serves several communities, including the Vendome neighborhood. Located just east of the Vendome — on East Empire Street between 10th and 11th — it makes for a pleasant walk or bike ride (but there is also on-site parking).

Inside the library, you’ll find the children’s corner, and the Friends of Joyce Ellington Library book nook, which sells new and used books to help fund library programs. There is also a special health collection called the Community Health Information Center, made possible by The Health Trust and PlaneTree Health Library.

mosaic of Joyce Ellington Joyce Ellington was a lifelong resident of the Northside neighborhood, a founding member of the Northside Neighborhood Association, and a chair of the San Jose Library Commission. Inside the library, you will find a mosaic of Ellington at age 9, when she attended Grant School. You’ll also find one of the art sharks from the SharkByte Art project that covered downtown in 2001.

children's storytelling at Joyce Ellington Library Stop in and linger a while! The library is open Tuesday through Saturday, at 491 East Empire Street. Call (408) 808-3043 for more information.

Pictures courtesy San Jose Public Library.

Plan for Median Islands Still Up in the Air

As you may remember from the last Vendome Voice, or from our February Neighborhood Meeting, we had discussed adopting our neighborhood median islands, because the City has cut the funding to maintain them.

Unfortunately, after being encouraged by the Department of Transportation to adopt the islands, we are now hearing that the DOT is concerned about the safety of our working in the medians. So the plan for the islands remains unclear.

We will continue to work with the DOT and will provides updates as we find out more.

Vendome Marks Another Great Barbecue

The 2010 annual Vendome Neighborhood Barbecue and potluck, on Saturday, June 26th, was a huge success. With over 65 friends and neighbors attending, a good time was had by everyone. With so many new families moving into the neighborhood, this was a great chance to meet over grilled food — especially the sausage Chiaramonte’s Deli & Sausages donated.

thanks to barbecue donors The highly competitive Chili Cook-off had more contestants than ever, and Shane Christiansen (Rankin Avenue) took home the first place prize bragging rights. Tamara Michel (Hawthorne Way) brought home the honors for the Pie Bake-off.

This year we had a very special guest, Jet the Red-Shouldered Hawk from the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, who made an appearance. Everyone was able to see this magnificent bird up close, and learn about our wild neighbors, the hawks that live in Santa Clara Valley.

The 2010 barbecue was funded by a generous grant from the City of San Jose and the Neighborhood Development Center. We also received much support from our local businesses who donated raffle prizes and some of the equipment.

Special thanks to the members of the 2010 Barbecue Committee: Caroline Bressler, Nancy DeMattei, Robert Gallego, Joan Giampaolo, Kevin Kelley, Tina Morrill, Chris Shay, Randy Saldinger, and Joni Talley and Judy West.

If you are interested in helping with next year’s barbecue, send a note to bbq (at) vendome (dot) org. We always look forward to making new friends.

Pumpkin Patch Kidz Returns

child with pumpkinJoin us on Halloween Day for another Pumpkin Patch Kidz event in Ryland Park.

The VNA provides pumpkins and pumpkin decorating supplies, as well as refreshments. Kids can pick a pumpkin to decorate and take home. Costumes are optional but encouraged.

Adults are welcome, as well.

The event is on Sunday, October 31st from 10:00 AM to noon, in the picnic area of Ryland Park. The event will be cancelled in case of rain, because who wants a wet pumpkin?

Openings on the VNA Board

At the Vendome Neighborhood Meeting in November, two of the Board of Directors positions will be up for election: President and Member-at-Large. (The other Board positions run through the end of 2011.)

Our current President, Tina Morrill, has announced that she will not be running for a third term. After serving two terms as President and, before that, two terms as Vice President, Tina is stepping down to give other neighbors an opportunity. “I want to thank the neighborhood and Board of Directors for their support and participation,” said Tina. “I will continue with the community service work I love, and hope to be another Vendome Board Member-at-Large.”

The Board elections will be held at the November 4th meeting. Watch this space for details as the meeting date approaches.

Thanks to Our Generous Donors

In the February edition of the Vendome Voice, we asked for donations to support the events and activities of the VNA. The response was phenomenal: you donated a total of $1100.

The Vendome is fortunate to have neighbors that are so generous with not only their money, but also their time. Everything we do is through volunteer labor, which really helps to stretch those monetary donations as far as possible. In fact, for the reporting on our just-ended City of San Jose grant, we had to track volunteer hours for grant-funded activities: we racked up a total of 170 volunteer hours over the 2009–2010 grant year, an impressive number given the size and budget of our neighborhood!

As ever, we strive to manage our finances responsibly and transparently, and you can always find a detailed accounting in the financial reports prepared by our Treasurer. If you ever have questions on this matter, don’t hesitate to ask at one of our quarterly meetings, or contact the board directly.

Thanks for supporting the VNA!

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