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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News 5/10/12

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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. Earthquake Exercise Sat. May 19 and How EVERYONE can participate Pre-Drill!

2. Multi-Block Yard Sale on Saturday 6/2; RSVP by 5/24 to Participate

3. Your Help Needed: Work Party in the Park, Sunday, 6/3, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

4. Crime Watch Update: Burglary, Purse Snatching, Car Break-in, etc.

5. Next Community Meeting with Whole Foods Market, Weds. 6/2, 8:30-9 a.m.

6. Report on the Institute of Urban Homesteading

7. Pedestrian Injury at Shattuck at Prince: Safety Committee Forming

8. Halcyon Resident Seeking a Room Nearby

9. Prince Street Neighbor Announces Sculpture Garden



EditorÕs Introductory Note:


Any neighbor who has text capacity can participate in this monthÕs citywide earthquake exercise, whether or not youÕre able to attend the neighborhood portion of the drill itself. See item 1 for information on the 5/19 drill and a variety of ways you can participate. We know if there were a 5.1 earthquake between now and 5/19, everyone would want to come out. I hope our neighborhood will demonstrate that we get the importance of preparedness even without such a reminder!


On the neighborhood-watch front, among the trends weÕve noticed over the past two decades is that there tends to be an upswing in crime as the weather gets nicer (and again in the late summer/fall, when students return to town). And lately there have been some brazen daytime burglaries and a purse snatching (six neighbors chased the purse snatcher, and while he got away, the purse itself was recovered). See item 4 for more on crime watch.


Please stay safe and enjoy this beautiful spring!


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



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1. Earthquake Exercise Sat. May 19 and How EVERYONE can participate Pre-Drill!


EditorÕs note: HNA Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Susan Snyder submitted the following notice about the upcoming drill on May 19 and what you can do to participate.


Citywide Earthquake Exercise with Halcyon Neighborhood Participation

Saturday, May 19, 9-11:00 a.m.

Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)

Coffee courtesy of Mokka Cafe


Four Ways to Participate in the Berkeley CERT Citywide Earthquake Exercise


On May 19th, a simulated 6.9 earthquake on the Hayward Fault strikes Berkeley. YouÕre okay, and your family is okay but whatÕs next? ThatÕs what the earthquake exercise is all about!


1) REGISTER to receive a message from the Berkeley Emergency Notification System (BENS). To register to receive the exercise message, send an email to Khin Chin at the Office of Emergency Services at KChin@ci.berkeley.ca.us . Include your name and cellphone number, and indicate that youÕre part of the Halcyon neighborhood group. (This ONLY registers you to receive the drill message; you can do this even if youÕre not able to attend the drill!)


2) On May 19th, after you receive the exercise notification, CALL OR TEXT your out-of-state contact and request a response.


3) TUNE IN to BerkeleyÕs emergency information radio broadcast on 1610AM. If you canÕt hear the message, try moving to a different part of the house or a different part of the neighborhood.


4) COME TO HALCYON COMMONS to participate in the neighborhood response part of the drill. The Incident Command Center will be set up prior to the 9 a.m. drill start time. Sign in and take on a role that fits your skill set and/or learn something new. We need YOU to make our drill a success! (You donÕt need to have any prior experience to participate!)


Please contact Susan at hnaprepared@gmail.com to volunteer or be added to the Halcyon Disaster Prep email list, or if you have any questions.


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2. Multi-Block Yard Sale on Saturday 6/2; RSVP by 5/24 to Participate


EditorÕs note: HNA Treasurer and past organizer of successful Multi-Block Yard Sales Susan Hunter submitted the following announcement. Multiblock sales tend to draw a much larger crowd of potential customers, so if youÕre interested please be sure to reply soon so thereÕs time to plan.


Spring Cleaning? Early Summer Sale? Anyone else out there up for another Multi-Block Yard Sale sponsored by HNA? We need to get at least a dozen households signed up if so (no matter what, a couple of us will still do a smaller-scale sale on Halcyon that Saturday, June 2, so let us know if youÕd want to participate at your household even if it remains a private sale). Cost to participate will be $5 toward ads and supplies for flyers, and everyone will need to post at least a few flyers the week of the sale. Email halcyon92@gmail.com by Thursday 5/24, and your response will be forwarded to the event organizer, Susan Hunter.


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3. Your Help Needed: Work Party in the Park, Sunday, 6/3, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.


Work Party in the Park (and Surrounding Neighborhood): Volunteers Needed!

Meet at Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)

Delicious refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

Fresh coffee courtesy of Mokka (cafe at Telegraph and Dowling).

* Weeding & light mulching in Halcyon Commons and nearby landscaped barriers (rain or shine)

* Picking up litter from streets in the larger neighborhood (rain or shine)

* Graffiti removal in the larger neighborhood (if sunny & if we have sufficient help)


Many hands make light work: Please lend yours! Even half an hour helps. Children welcome. Bring your own tools if you have them, or use ours if you donÕt. We donÕt have any student volunteers to help with this work party, so itÕs up to us neighbors!


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4. Crime Watch Update: Burglary, Purse Snatching, Car Break-in, etc.


EditorÕs note: A reminder to join the HNA Facebook group at Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=292160762499 for breaking crime reports in between E-News editions! If youÕre a neighbor who isnÕt yet part of this closed Facebook group, youÕre missing out!


HNA Steering Committee member Mikel Delgado submitted the following summary of crimes in or near the neighborhood:


4/16 robbery on Tremont & Emerson
4/24 burglary Ashby at Lorina
4/24 vehicle theft 66th & Telegraph
4/25 burglary on 66th (near Raymond)
4/28 car break-in Woolsey & Tremont


A Prince Street neighbor reported the following daytime burglary on Facebook:


Ō[On May 3] our house was burglarized at noon (near Prince and Fulton). They forced open a window and stole jewelry. . . . The police are here and the crime unit [came]. The burglar ransacked our bedroom and stole my jewelry but nothing else. Our nanny and I happened to both be out, and I didnÕt set the alarm because she was coming back. We do have a security camera and got some clear footage of the person who broke in. WeÕve given that to the police so hopefully they will catch him soon. [Note: If youÕre a Halcyon neighbor and have joined our Facebook group, you can find photos of the suspect from the security camera at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10150821175067500&type=1; the photos are also posted in the bulletin board at Halcyon Commons and on various telephone poles in the neighborhood.] There are stills from our video that show him crossing the street less than two minutes after I left in my car. He goes directly to our front door, spends about four minutes on our porch, and then must have gone off the side of the porch because [the video never shows him leaving]. The person broke in through the back, but we only have footage from the front (and he left from the back). I was gone for approximately twenty minutes, and the burglary took place in that time. Description is a young male, either Latino or light-skinned African American. He had a beard just around his jawline/chin and had on jeans, a grey sweatshirt, black hat with a red symbol and black Chuck Taylors.Ķ


Another neighbor reported on Facebook about a purse snatching on Woolsey that included a chase by neighbors:


ŌAt around 5:50 p.m. tonight [May 3], a purse was snatched on the north side of Woolsey Street between Shattuck and Wheeler. I was walking up the steps of my house [near] Wheeler and Woolsey when I saw an African American male, thirties, orange hooded sweatshirt, dark baseball hat, and dark gray shorts running north on Wheeler. I dropped my bag and chased after him. He turned east on Prince, then north on Fulton. About three houses north of Chochmat Halev, he climbed a fence and escaped into the yard. A fellow neighbor was right behind me and ran a different direction to find him. Another neighbor on Fulton called the police; I relayed an ID of the suspect to him. I started to walk back home and found a group of folks talking at Wheeler and Prince, including the woman whose purse was stolen. As I walked up to them, the neighbor who chased the suspect with me had recovered and returned the purse, which had been ditched by the suspect in a yard. Glad everything worked out and no one was hurt. Only some cash was missing.Ķ


Further details were added by a different neighbor:


ŌThere were six of us running after this guy. What a great neighborhood we live in. Keep up the good work neighbors :).Ķ


And on May 4, another Prince Street neighbor reported:


ŌI discovered the third event this morning — my car window was smashed on Prince between Halcyon and Telegraph [on May 3]. It looks like they didnÕt take anything. They were probably scared off by the alarm.Ķ


A Prince Street neighbor submitted the following report:


ŌLast night [May 6] someone stole a citrus tree in a nursery container from my front yard. I never dreamed that this could attract a thief, so I did not take the precautions I apply to everything else. It was a rather valuable plant ($50), but thereÕs no way a thief could tell that unless I carelessly left the price turned toward the street. The thief will learn itÕs worth $50 only to a very rare person, someone who is a fancier of Japanese citrus. To anyone else, it is worthless, as they will discover. The interest in this is that it illustrates the aggressiveness of our local current thieves.Ķ


A Halcyon neighbor reported:


ŌMy car was broken into (rear passenger window smashed) and purse stolen yesterday (April 18) afternoon between 4 and 5 on Halcyon at Webster. I made a police report, and a friend thinks he saw the perps drive off in a White Chevy Malibu. Just a heads-up for the neighborhood.Ķ


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5. Whole Foods Market News: Live Jazz on Memorial Day; Community Meeting Weds. 6/6, 8:30-9 a.m.


EditorÕs note: News from Whole Foods Market courtesy of Jim Hallock.


Live Jazz on Memorial Day

Monday, May 28

1-5 p.m.

ItÕs becoming a tradition here in Berkeley, to host MB Hanif and the Sound Voyagers, playing some spirited jazz on this holiday afternoon. WeÕll have free refreshments and snacks, so stop by, put your feet up, and relax with us for the afternoon.


Construction Update


A revised project schedule for the installation of the roof refrigeration units is now available. Please note the crane will be here on June 11. Most of the work will now be during June.


Drop-In Progress Meeting (first Wednesday of each month)

Wednesday, June 6, 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Whole Foods Market (check in at Customer Service)


These meetings are held at the Community Table at the front of the store, and the purpose is to share our plans for noise abatement, the store remodel project [scheduled for 2012], street litter control, and progress on any of the ongoing issues we discuss [with HNA reps and nearby neighbors]. Mel [Store Team Leader] and I will meet, and anyone is welcome to join us. Of course there will be complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks. 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.



Jim Hallock

Community Relations Team Leader

Whole Foods Market Berkeley

3000 Telegraph Ave.

Berkeley, CA 94705

P: 510-649-1333 ext. 260

F: 510-649-1474


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6. Report on the Institute of Urban Homesteading


EditorÕs note: Deborah Mikuteit, an East Lorin neighbor near the portion of Halcyon neighborhood west of Shattuck, submitted the following item.

I was delighted to recently discover that here in North Oakland, really very close to the East Lorin District, we have the home of the Institute of Urban Homesteading, which has dozens of classes on all facets of self-sufficient urban life. There are classes on various aspects of organic gardening, permaculture, foraging for greens in the city, sharpening knives, classes on raising chickens, quail, rabbits, bees, even goats. There are classes on intriguing aspects of kitchen homesteading: fermenting foods, making mead, canning, making yogurt and cheese, building solar ovens. There are also classes on textiles and handcrafts, making soap, storing water. IÕve identified about a dozen classes I would love to take. Probably youÕll find something too. ThereÕs something for everyone here. WouldnÕt it be great if each local community had people with skills in some of these areas, and then all put together what a resource we could all be to each other! Harnessing these skills for self-sufficient urban living, we can really move away from reliance on industry and unsustainable dependence on fossil fuels.


The website of the organization is www.iuhoakland.com. The founder of the organization K. Ruby Blume, wrote a book called ŌUrban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living.Ķ I also recommend ŌThe Urban HomesteadĶ by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, as well as their ŌMaking It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World.Ķ


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7. Pedestrian Injury at Shattuck at Prince: Safety Committee Forming


EditorÕs note: On April 27, a number of neighbors reported hearing sirens and seeing a large police presence at Shattuck and Prince. It turned out to be a pedestrian injury. See reports below. At our Steering Committee meeting last week, Steering Committee member Stephen Pitcher and several other Steering Committee members agreed to help nearby neighbors interested in a Traffic Safety Committee to explore ways the crossing at Prince and Shattuck (and possibly other crossings on Ashby or Shattuck) could be made safer. If youÕre interested in helping with this effort, please email halcyon92@gmail.com, and I will pass your contact information on to the committee.


ŌAt about 9:30 p.m. or so I heard the all too familiar thud of a vehicle accident at the corner of prince and Shattuck, just outside the Starry Plough. This time a pedestrian was hit when crossing I think from the northeast corner of Prince and Shattuck. The pedestrian was responsive and talking but remained on the ground until medics took them away to the hospital. The vehicle and presumably the driver remained there until the police completed their investigation. Accidents are not uncommon on this part of Shattuck. Since weÕve lived here, IÕve seen multiple fender benders, bike-car collisions, and now this. IÕve been wondering for a while now what more can be done. Thanks to the work of some concerned neighbors, the crosswalk was put in sometime within the last five years. It seems something more is needed to truly slow down the traffic or to provide awareness of cross traffic. IÕm happy to help in this effort with some guidance.Ķ


Another neighbor added these details:


ŌLast night after a womenÕs poetry community event at La Pe–a, [N. Z.] was hit while crossing the street at a crosswalk. She was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland and had surgery. Her lower leg is broken and she has extensive abrasions. She will be in the hospital for at least a few days but sheÕs reportedly doing remarkably well!Ķ


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8. Halcyon Resident Seeking a Room Nearby


EditorÕs note: The following item was submitted by a Deakin Street neighbor.


ŌHi, IÕve lived on Deakin (Prince/Webster) for over a year and must move soon. Would like to find a room in Halcyon or not too far away. If your household has an opening for a quiet, neat, responsible veteran of community living, please contact Gordon Pedersen at gordon@visi.com or 312.612.9415. Thanks for your consideration.Ķ


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9. Prince Street Neighbor Announces Sculpture Garden


EditorÕs note: Prince Street neighbor Nina Lyons passed on the following announcement.


ŌI am pleased to announce my new Sculpture Garden website is also now open for private tours! I will be hosting the Oakland Art Museum Guild here this spring. The Garden is open by appointment. Please email me if you are interested in visiting the garden! Visit the website here: www.sfbayareasculpturegarden.com. I have also just launched ŌFlights of the Imagination.Ķ Visit the website here: www.birdsasartspace.com


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* For Your Calendar: HNA Dates Scheduled for 2012

Dates set as of January, 2012 (verify a couple weeks before event by checking HNA E-News):

Weds., Feb. 8, 2012

7-8:30 p.m.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets (with Shael Barger & Mikel Delgado); locate TBA upon rsvp to HNADisasterPrep@gmail.com

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

7-8:30 p.m.

First class, CERT Neighborhood Training Program, Radio Communications, Location TBA. Advance signup required (check E-News for details).

Saturday, March 17, 2012

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)
Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
Fresh coffee courtesy of Mokka Café (Telegraph at Dowling).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

7-8:30 p.m.

Community Meeting with Neighborhood Watch Focus (Crime Watch & Disaster Prep), location TBD

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

6:30-8 p.m.

Steering Committee Meeting, location TBA

Saturday, April 28, 2012

10-11 a.m.

World QiGong Day event, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon Court at Prince Street)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Time TBD

Participate in Citywide Disaster Prep Drill, Halcyon Commons  (Halcyon at Prince)
[committee to set up half an hour early]

Saturday, June 2, 2012

9:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.


Work Party in Halcyon Commons & surrounding neighborhood, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
Fresh coffee courtesy of Mokka Café (Telegraph at Dowling).

Thursday, July 19, 2012

5-6:30 p.m.

Mini Work Party in Halcyon Commons
Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

8:00 p.m.

National Night Out Against Crime
Ice Cream Social in the Park
Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
Appetizer platters courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

Weekday afternoon in late August 2012 TBD (likely Tues. 8/21)

5:00 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)
Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

6:00 p.m.

20th Anniversary of HNA: Big Celebration & Potluck in park with live music, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)
Appetizer Platter & Cake courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

5:45-6:30 p.m.

Costume parade around park for kids, Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince).

Saturday in October 2012 TBD (possibly 10/13)

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)
Refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
Fresh coffee courtesy of Mokka Café (Telegraph at Dowling).

Sunday, December 2, 2012

5:00 –
6:30 p.m.

HNA Steering Committee Meeting to set dates for 2013, location TBA

Sunday, January 27, 2013

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!

    Updated 2012.5.10 15:58:28 • by the b. wicinas "robot" bwicinas@pacbell.net