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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News 8/6/12


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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. National Night Out Against Crime: Ice Cream Social in the Park, Tuesday, 8/7, 6:30-8 p.m.

2. Weekday Afternoon Work Party in the Park, Wednesday, 8/22, 1:30–5 p.m.

3. July Crime-Watch Reports in the Neighborhood

4. Whole Foods Market News: Community Meeting Weds. 9/5, 8:30-9 a.m. & Other Updates

5. Local Neighborhood Honey for Sale!

6. Volunteer Task: Quarterly Flyer Distributors Needed!

7. Babysitter Sought



EditorÕs Introductory Note:


This September, weÕll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the formal birth of Halcyon Neighborhood Association (we inaugurated the neighborhood association at a fall meeting that was a follow-up to a block party held in the used-to-be parking lot at the center of Halcyon Court, cleared of cars for the day, during the summer of 1992, so I guess you could say that was the conception, and the fall meeting was the birth, of HNA).


I bring this up in August for a reason. There are four of us — HNA Co-Chair John Steere, HNA Treasurer Susan Hunter, Prince Street Block Captain Bruce Wicinas, and me, Nancy Carleton, the other HNA Co-Chair — whoÕve been taking on various responsibilities for the neighborhood in every one of those twenty years, and now we have a renewed Steering Committee thatÕs been active on a variety of fronts. And of course there are dozens and dozens of others who have helped out consistently or during shorter periods for many of those twenty years too. Bottom line, though, for the core four of us, is that it takes a big commitment to stick with something in major ways for that many years. Well, IÕll speak for myself here and say that a crucial part of what will go into my own willingness to keep participating for the next twenty years (or at least the next several!) depends on YOU! Work and care go into every one of HNAÕs events during the year, but few are as important as this TuesdayÕs National Night Out Against Crime in the park. ThatÕs because this event is one of our major points of connection back to the City departments on which we rely for our safety and well-being: the Police and Fire Departments. As many of you know, there have been at least three major fires in our neighborhood so far this year (weÕll be taking up a collection Tuesday evening for one of the more recent families affected by fire), and there have been burglaries, car break-ins, and other crimes. It is really, really, REALLY important for us to SHOW UP and interact with some of the folks we rely on in those circumstances — including police, fire fighters, and other City representatives — and Tuesday is our best chance all year long.


But the last couple of years, our once-high Halcyon turnout at National Night Out events has fallen. So this year, a few of the members of the HNA Steering Committee have made it really, really easy for you. WeÕre having an ice cream social, and all you have to do is SHOW UP! No potluck to worry about at the end of a work day, and nothing you have to bring, but there will be delicious and substantial appetizers from Whole Foods Market for those of you who havenÕt yet had a chance to grab a bite to eat, and yummy homemade ice cream (including vegan options) to make it fun for everyone of all ages. Yes, I know the Olympics are still going, but for one evening, for one hour, tear yourself away (hint: itÕs all pre-recorded anyhow), and if youÕre in town bundle up and come on out to Halcyon Commons and do your part to strengthen our neighborhood, and restore the faith of the core team that keeps Halcyon Neighborhood Association going! See item 1 for the details.


Yours for a healthy, strong, safe community!

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



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1. National Night Out Against Crime: Ice Cream Social in the Park, Tuesday, 8/7, 6:30-8 p.m.


Ice Cream Social in the Park for National Night Out Against Crime

Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince)

Tuesday, August 7, 6:30-8 p.m.

Delicious Middle Eastern appetizers courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

Homemade Ice Cream (and nondairy alternative) courtesy of neighborhood volunteers and Whole Foods Market.

Children welcome and encouraged to attend!


Please mark your calendars. WeÕre anticipating a fun summer evening in the park, with visits from police, firefighters, and city officials. This event is a crucial part of our neighborhood watch program, so please support it with your presence!


At the event, weÕll be taking up a collection to help out some Deakin Street neighbors who are trying to recover after an electrical fire this summer (they had fallen on hard times, so they were without insurance at the time of the fire); if youÕre able, please bring a little cash to contribute.


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2. Weekday Afternoon Work Party in the Park, Wednesday, 8/22, 1:30–5 p.m.


Weekday Afternoon Work Party in the Park (and Surrounding Neighborhood)

Meet at Halcyon Commons (Halcyon at Prince), Wednesday, August 22, 1:30-5 p.m.

Delicious refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

* Weeding in Halcyon Commons and nearby landscaped barriers

* Picking up litter from streets in the larger neighborhood

* Graffiti removal in the larger neighborhood (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. WeÕll have help from student volunteers from UCÕs School of Public Health, and itÕs always more fun if we have some neighbors to work alongside them!

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3. July Crime-Watch Reports in the Neighborhood


EditorÕs note: A reminder to join the HNA 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! Remember, we rely on neighbors to fill in the details of crimes in our neighborhood, so, in addition to being sure to file a Police report, please email halcyon92@gmail.com to pass the word on to your neighbors, or share it on our Facebook page, so we can all stay aware and vigilant!


HNA Steering Committee member Mikel Delgado submitted the following summary of crimes in or near the neighborhood. Thank you, Mikel!


Not many crimes to report in the neighborhood this month:
7/14 Assault, Telegraph near Prince
7/17 Felony Theft, Telegraph and Ashby
718 Commercial Burglary, Telegraph and Ashby
7/25 Assault, Telegraph near Woolsey


In addition, a former Halcyon Court neighbor reported on Facebook:


ŌHello, last night [July 28] someone tried to break into our house. The back door lock was damaged and frame was damaged. No other information because we moved, but the roommate is still there but was at work. Stay safe out there. Also thanks to whoever watched our house last month when someone was looking in the window


An Essex Street neighbor raised the following concern on Facebook:


ŌWe have major concerns on Essex Street lately, due to the increased volume of clientele on the corner marijuana [medical cannabis] club. Since the other one on San Pablo has closed, traffic has increased, parking on our block is impossible, lots of youth smoking pot in their cars, or on the block. The upcoming closing (by the feds) of the Harborview club in Oakland will probably also increase the unpleasantness by a whole lot more, since I believe it is probably the biggest club in the East Bay. Although I am a supporter of medical marijuana, the impact on our neighborhood is pretty bad. Their parking lot only takes four cars, and I think they must have about forty people per hour going in and out.Ķ


[EditorÕs note: HNA does its best to work from a spirit of partnership with all local businesses and faith institutions. It would be great if some folks could join our Steering Committee with the goal of improving communication with the businesses on Essex and alleviating some of the concerns raised by the Essex Street neighbor (more were raised in the comments section on the Facebook group page). Email halcyon92@gmail.com if youÕd be interested!]


A Prince Street neighbor reported on Facebook:


ŌFrom a neighbor on Prince near Halcyon (yesterday Friday 8/3): Just saw what looked like a drug deal across the street . . . called the police and they're sending someone around the neighborhood. Two guys leaning into a silver four-door car with a spoiler on the back."


[EditorÕs note: Thank you to the neighbor for taking action and calling the Police. From time to time, dealers try to bring their action here. The more consistently and quickly we take action, the better we can keep it from becoming a regular feature.]


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4. Whole Foods Market News: Community Meeting Weds. 9/5, 8:30-9 a.m. & Other Updates


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


Drop-In Progress Meeting

(usually on the first Wednesday of each month; rescheduled this month due to the Fourth of July)

September 5, 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 [taking place in 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.


Music Events This Summer and Fall


A jazz group that performed on Memorial Day will be back on Labor Day. Here are the remaining music events we have scheduled. All music will be between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Please join us!


August 18

September 3

October 31


Caltopia, Sunday and Monday, August 19 & 20

UC Berkeley campus, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

We welcome UC Berkeley students back, at two fantastic days of fun and freebies. WeÕll have a prize wheel, spinning with lots for opportunities for students to win free gifts. LetÕs all welcome our students back to town. Go Bears!


Doggie Fashion Show, Saturday, August 25, Noon- 4 p.m.

Is your dog a ham? Does she have a great smile? How about that perfect strut? Come on out and show off your dog at our Doggie Fashion Show! WeÕll have live music for those dancinÕ dawgs, free treats for dogs and humans, and prizes for the winningest dogs. Fashion show starts at 1:30 p.m. Check our store Facebook page for more info.


Labor Day Celebration, Monday, September 3, 1-5 p.m.

Mark your calendars, and stop by on Labor Day to take a break from all your work. WeÕll be serving free refreshments and enjoy an encore performance of some very lively jazz by MB Hanif and the Sound.


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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5. Local Neighborhood Honey for Sale!


EditorÕs note: We now have at least two households in the neighborhood producing enough local honey to have some to sell from time to time. HereÕs an announcement from one of them.


ŌI just harvested some honey from my hives here in the neighborhood and also from Inverness. The honey from Berkeley is light with floral notes since the bees have been visiting the diverse flowers in our gardens. The honey from Inverness is more aromatic has a caramel finish to it. Bees out there visit a number of native plants including California Bays, blackberries, and huckleberries. Baja Berkeley Honey is $12 per pint (~1.3 lbs), Bobcat Honey from Inverness is $15 per pint (~1.3 lbs). People can contact me (Doug James) at 510-849-1772 or djames@microprop.com. Thanks.Ķ


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6. Volunteer Task: Quarterly Flyer Distributors Needed!


Two of our regular flyer distributors moved out of the neighborhood recently, and a third had a sprained ankle and couldnÕt make her delivery route. Fortunately two neighbors stepped in after an announcement went up on the Facebook group, but the third bit of news came too late to locate an alternate. Bottom line, we now have three stretches that need regular coverage: Ashby Avenue, Emerson, and Tremont, and other blocks occasionally need alternates to fill in for regulars who are out of town or injured. Please email halcyon92@gmail.com if youÕd be willing to help cover a stretch on a quarterly basis or to serve as an alternate. Each stretch takes about half an hour four times a year (and Jay Migliaccio, our flyer distributor coordinator, will arrange for backup coverage by an alternate if youÕre out of town). One more flyer to go this year! Please let us know if you can help in this way as either a regular or an alternate flyer distributor. And thank you to Neelam and Shael for stepping in to help in a pinch! The flyer distribution is crucial to reach out to new neighbors (we live in a high turnover neighborhood), to reach people who donÕt have Internet (yes, they still exist!), and to remind people of our most important events. This is a simple way to help out in the neighborhood.


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7. Babysitter Sought


EditorÕs note: Some new Prince Street neighbors submitted the following announcement.


ŌWe are new to the neighborhood and live near the Chochmat Halev Mediation Center. We are looking for an occasional evening babysitter for our two-year-old son. It would be for a couple of hours while he is sleeping. Please call Justin @ 760-648-3925 or Beth @ 760-709-6710


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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 2012.8.6 14:24:10 • by the b. wicinas "robot" bwicinas@pacbell.net