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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News 9/8/10

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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 EditorÕs introductory comments and notes express her personal viewpoint.

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1. Save the Date & Help Needed: Sun. 10/3, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Celebration in the Park with Live Music

2. Crime Watch Update: Burglary at Deakin & Prince Plus Car Break-in on Halcyon

3. Feedback Sought for Meeting with Whole Foods Market Next Week

4. Neighbor Organizing Halloween Puzzle Hunt for Adults, Sun. Oct. 31, 5-9 p.m.

5. Link to Article on Wild Salmon and Habitat Restoration by a Neighbor

6. Election 2010: First Time for Ranked Choice Voting in Berkeley

7. Election 2010: Candidate Nights in September & October Plus City of Berkeley Links

8. Prince Street Neighbor Seeking Cottage Rental in Our Neighborhood

9. Local Honey from Neighborhood Bees Available!

10. Free Monthly Tai Chi Practice in the Park, Sunday, September 26, 11 a.m.



EditorÕs Introductory Note:


Labor Day has come and gone, students are back in school both at Cal and in our school district, and election season is here — for better or sometimes worse. And in addition to all that, there are a couple of fun events coming up for connecting with your neighbors (see items 1, 4, and 10).


In this Introductory Note, I also wanted to put in a special thank-you to the Cal student volunteers from the School of Public Health who spent three hours on the hottest afternoon of the summer helping us weed and mulch in Halcyon Commons and nearby planted features. We even managed to give some TLC in the form of mulch to some of the ornamental pears on Halcyon that underwent such severe pruning in an attempt to control the fire blight. Check out the park — itÕs looking good!


The next regular E-News will be coming out October 1. If you have news to share, email it to me before then. In the meantime, hereÕs wishing you a great start to Fall!


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



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1. Save the Date & Help Needed: Sun. 10/3, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Celebration in the Park with Live Music


HNA Co-Chair John Steere is once again leading the effort to put on whatÕs turning out to be an annual Celebration in the Park with live music and potluck. Please save the date for this yearÕs celebration on your calendar — Sunday, October 3 — and if youÕre willing to help with pre-event organizing (to identify musicians and help with publicity) or to help with setup, cleanup, or other logistics on the day of the event, please email halcyon92@gmail.com. This is turning out to be a lovely annual event and another great chance to get to know your neighbors and listen to some talented local musicians. Please lend a hand!


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2. Crime Watch Update: Burglary at Deakin & Prince Plus Car Break-in on Halcyon


EditorÕs note: A Deakin Street neighbor passed on the following report:


ÒOur garage was broken into sometime between 9 p.m. on August 25 and noon on August 26th. Some stuff was stolen; I haven't yet made an itemized list. Called the police. Also, not sure if you already knew about the white BMW with a shattered driverÕs side window at 2300 Prince from last weekend. [EditorÕs note: This was one of the car break-ins mentioned in the last E-News Update] Ugh!Ó


The same neighbor later contributed the following update:


ÒAn update [this has also been reported to the Police]: An African-American man, appearing to be in his late 40s, identifying himself as Doug, came to my door to say that he had witnessed the break-in to my garage, approached the burglars (whom he knew), and negotiated with them to get my stuff back if I was willing to pay $45. He did me this favor because I and my co-owner had hired him about a year ago to do some weeding around our front yards. I didn't buy his story, and I was not willing to buy back my own stuff. I suggest being wary of ÒDoug.Ó He is in the neighborhood of 6 feet (maybe a little shorter), about 160-180 lbs., is missing several front teeth, and has yellowed eyes. He said that he works at the White Horse, cleaning up the place after closing, but who knows what, if anything, that he says is true. Thanks for spreading the word!Ó


A Halcyon neighbor reported a car break-in last night (9/7-9/8) on Halcyon Court, with entry through the passenger window on the driverÕs side (no report of what was taken).


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3. Feedback Sought for Meeting with Whole Foods Market Next Week


EditorÕs note: Several times a year HNA Co-Chairs John Steere and Nancy Carleton — along with a few neighbors close to Whole Foods — meet with representatives of Whole Foods Market to share concerns and work together to mitigate impacts of the store on the surrounding community. Our next meeting is the middle of next week. This is your chance to email back your concerns and/or praise for us to pass on to the Whole Foods team. Please email your comments to halcyon92@gmail.com by Tuesday, September 15 (and let us know whether itÕs okay to share your name/address or whether youÕd prefer to remain anonymous). Since there are some recurrent issues that seem to take time to resolve, itÕs fine to let us know if something still hasnÕt been resolved; that way, we can keep tracking progress (or lack thereof) with Whole Foods Market. And if youÕve noticed improvements in an issue youÕve brought up in the past, itÕs always nice to be able to pass that on too!


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4. Neighbor Organizing Halloween Puzzle Hunt for Adults, Sun. Oct. 31, 5-9 p.m.


EditorÕs note: A neighbor, David Medenhall, is helping to organize what sounds like a fun community-building event focused in our neighborhood and possibly the next neighborhood to the north for this Halloween night. David has indicated that the puzzles are designed to be fairly challenging for adults, though some teenagers may also be interested; younger children are welcome if accompanied by their parents but would Òbe along for the ride.Ó Note that a couple of our Steering Committee members are also talking about holding another parade for costumed toddles and pre-schoolers around the park late afternoon on Halloween. WeÕll keep you posted!


Halloween Puzzle Hunt, Sunday Oct. 31st, 5-9 p.m.

ThereÕs something strange in your neighborhood . . .


We will be running a Bay Area Night Game (see http://www.bayareanightgame.com/index.php?title=BANG:About for general info) in the Halcyon neighborhood this Halloween. This a puzzle hunt where teams of 4 walk from place to place picking up ÒcluesÓ — puzzles that need to be solved to find a hidden message. The theme of this hunt is that a ghost is roaming our neighborhood, and some houses are handing out haunted treats. Our teams of paranormal investigators will go undercover as trick-or-treaters to collect these clues and bust the ghost. In plain language, a bunch of nerdy grown-ups are going to be walking around our neighborhood from 5 to 9 p.m., probably in costumes. (People can bring their children along if they want. Parents can pick up puzzles while their kids trick-or-treat.)


WeÕd like your help! We need a few more locations to hand out clues. All this would mean for you is that when a group of grown-ups comes to your house, you give them a puzzle instead of candy. We will tell the teams which houses are participating, so no need to worry about them knocking on random doors. If you can help us out, or are interested in playing in the hunt, email us at inspector@ghost-patrol.com. Thanks!


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5. Link to Article on Wild Salmon and Habitat Restoration by a Neighbor


EditorÕs note: ItÕs important to remember that along with the bad news (i.e., crime-watch updates), there are many good things happening in our neighborhood; for this reason, I love posting links to articles and commentaries written by neighbors, so we can all witness the talent we have living within several square blocks! This time, IÕm linking to an article by neighbor Jon Rosenfield, which is beautifully written and well worth checking out.




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6. Election 2010: First Time for Ranked Choice Voting in Berkeley


EditorÕs note: Mark Numainville, Deputy City Clerk, has asked me to run this item in the September and October E-Newsletters to help spread the word about the new way weÕll be voting in several local races this November:


Berkeley voters will use Ranked Choice Voting for the first time this November. This method allows the voter to rank candidates in order of preference, and eliminates the need for run-off elections.


In 2010, RCV will only be used in races City Council and Auditor. In these races, voters can (but aren't required to) indicate their first, second, and third choice for an office. The use of Ranked Choice Voting will not change any other part of your voting experience. You may continue to vote-by-mail or at the polls just as you have done in the past.


RCV is as easy as ranking your top three choices — 1, 2, 3.  For more information on how Ranked-Choice Voting works, please visit http://www.acgov.org/rov/rcv. For any questions, please contact the City Clerk Department at 981-6900 or elections@cityofberkeley.info.


If you are a member of officer in a community organization, and you would like to participate in the Voter Education Campaign for RCV, call 981-6900 or e-mail elections@cityofberkeley.info. We can do a presentation to your group or provide you with printed materials to distribute to your members. We can all help get the word out about RCV!


Mark Numainville, CMC

Deputy City Clerk, City of Berkeley



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7. Election 2010: Candidate Nights in September & October Plus City of Berkeley Links


EditorÕs note: By now most of you know that in accordance with our Guiding Principles, HNA doesnÕt take position on elections, candidates, and measures, or other issues of potential disagreement — or likely wide range of viewpoints — among neighbors (except in rare cases of near unanimity), although as individuals many of us have strong feelings and clear positions. This fall, in addition to important races at the State level, there are a range of local offices up for election, including School Board, Rent Board, and, in our neighborhood, the District 7 City Council seat currently held by Kriss Worthington (note that Max Anderson, the other councilmember who represents our neighborhood, isnÕt up for reelection until 2012), along with a number of local measures on schools, downtown planning, and medical cannabis. While HNA wonÕt be making endorsements in any of these races, we encourage neighbors to become informed, vote, and make your voices heard! To this end, weÕll be sharing information about candidate nights, two of which are being sponsored by neighborhoods nearby. For those of you unclear on boundaries in our neighborhood, District 7 includes the east side of Wheeler (but not the west side) all of Woolsey, both north and south, from Telegraph to Shattuck, and the remaining blocks of Prince, Fulton, Deakin, Webster, Halcyon, Ashby, and Telegraph east of Wheeler (outside our neighborhood, District 7 also includes much of Le Conte, Bateman, and Willard neighborhoods, along with Southside dorms and residences, and a sliver of Northside).


Le Conte Neighborhood Association CandidatesÕ Night

(part of the regular Le Conte Neighborhood Association Meeting, starting at 7:30 p.m.)

Thursday, September 16, District 7 candidates (Councilmember Kriss Worthington, George Beier, and Ces Rosales), 7:45-8:45 p.m.

2905 Shattuck Avenue

For more information, contact Karl Reeh at KarlReeh@aol.com.


Willard Neighborhood Association CandidatesÕ Forum

Thursday, October 14, 6:30–9:00 p.m.

Willard Middle School Cafetorium

Featuring both District 7 candidates (District 7 includes the eastern two-thirds of Halcyon Neighborhood) and District 8 candidates (District 8 is mostly from east of College Avenue into the hills); District 7 candidates (Councilmember Kriss Worthington, Ces Rosales, and George Beier) tentatively scheduled for 7:00-7:45 p.m.

For more information, contact Vincent Casalaina at ProBerk@aol.com.


EditorÕs note: ThereÕs a wealth of information about the candidates running in Berkeley this fall for all the offices up for election, as well as ballot statements pro and con on the various measures, at the City of BerkeleyÕs website, but it can take a little searching on the site to find it. The first link below will take you to the master list of candidates, and the second will take you to arguments on the measures.








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8. Prince Street Neighbor Seeking Cottage Rental in Our Neighborhood


EditorÕs note: A neighbor who has been renting an apartment on Prince Street is looking for a cottage to rent in our neighborhood or nearby. Please contact Denise if you can help her find one!


ÒIÕm looking for a cottage in Berkeley. I would love to stay in the neighborhood. My contact info is: denise@zdfilms.com and cell number (415) 378-7436.Ó


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9. Local Honey from Neighborhood Bees Available!


EditorÕs note: Another neighbor (besides Bruce & Noriko of Halcyon Hives) has been keeping bees on Prince Street and submitted the following announcement. IsnÕt it great that we have bees in our neighborhood keeping our flowering trees and shrubs well pollinated? And many say that local honey is one of the best foods to eat if you have seasonal allergies.


ÒIÕve been keeping bees on Prince Street for the past three years. I just harvested about 48 lbs. of honey from the hives and would be interested in making it available to my Halcyon Neighbors who are interested in having truly local honey. I suspect my bees have been visiting many of their gardens!!! Anyway, I'm offering 1-pint jars for $10 each. A pint of honey weighs about 1.4 lbs. 849-1772  or djames@microprop.com for more info. Thanks, Doug JamesÓ


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10. Free Monthly Tai Chi Practice in the Park, Sunday, September 26, 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;



[EditorÕs 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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* 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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