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PROPOSED BICYCLE LANES & SHARROWS ON WILLOW GLEN’S LINCOLN AVENUE ARE TOPIC OF SAN JOSE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MEETING, 13 AUG

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME IN THE PLANNING, WHEREAS THE CITY OF SAN JOSE IS NOW COORDINATING A PUBLIC MEETING FOR “FUTURE BICYCLE PROJECTS” WHICH CONCERNS IMPROVEMENTS AT WILLOW GLEN’S LINCOLN AVENUE. The … Continue reading

Thursday 31 July 2014 · Leave a comment

5-ALARM FIRE: HAMPSHIRE PLACE NEAR BRANHAM LANE; STRUCTURE NEAR VEGETATION; FIRE NEAR DESICCATION

A BARRAGE OF FIREFIGHTER PERSONNEL AND APPARATUS WAS AT FORCE TODAY PUTTING OUT A 5-ALARM FIRE AT HAMPSHIRE PLACE, NEAR BRANHAM LANE; THAT’S AS ONE HOUSE WAS ENGULFED IN FLAMES, … Continue reading

Wednesday 30 July 2014 · Leave a comment

WG STRUCTURE FIRE AT LAURA VILLE LANE, OFF LINCOLN AVE B/W NEVADA & MINNESOTA

A LATE NIGHT FIRE IN WILLOW GLEN CAUSED SAN JOSE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RESPOND WITH SEVERAL APPARATUS. The fire was reported at 10:18pm Tuesday 29 July 2014; whereas firefighters are … Continue reading

Tuesday 29 July 2014 · Leave a comment

ALMADEN FIRE STATIONS & CALFIRE DEAL WITH FLAMES AMID SEVERE DROUGHT, DRY VEGETATION; WHILE NEARBY WATER DISTRICT ZEROS-OUT

DRY VEGETATION ALONG ALMADEN’S GUADALUPE CREEEK AND SURROUNDING PERCOLATION PONDS CAUSED SAN JOSE’S FIRE STATION #13 TO RESPOND TO A FIRE THIS LAST FRIDAY 25 JULY 2014, WHILE SIGNS OF SEVERE … Continue reading

Sunday 27 July 2014 · Leave a comment

STAKEHOLDERS FOR A SAFE GREEN VILLAGE BRINGS BACK “BLIGHT TO BRIGHT” STREET-SCAPE CLEAN-UP PROJECT IN THE NORTH LINCOLN AVENUE CORRIDOR

RICHARD ZAPPELLI, FORMER PRESIDENT OF WGNA, WILL BE ORGANIZING A GROUP OF NEIGHBORHOOD VOLUNTEERS TO HELP CLEAN-UP A BLIGHTED AREA OF NORTH LINCOLN AVENUE, NEAR DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN. The work … Continue reading

Saturday 26 July 2014 · Leave a comment

A PLAY OF “POOHSTICKS” AT WILLOW GLEN’S GUADALUPE RIVER BRIDGE, NOT THE USUAL

A POPULAR CHILDREN’S GAME —INSPIRED BY THE STORY OF WINNIE-THE-POOH —WOULD HAVE A SURPRISING REALIZATION AT WILLOW GLEN’S BRIDGE OVER THE GUADALUPE RIVER. “Poohsticks” as you may recall, is a kind … Continue reading

Friday 25 July 2014 · Leave a comment

ALMADEN FIRE ALONG COLEMAN ROAD, SCENE OF DRY VEGETATION 25 JUL 2014

SAN JOSE FIRE STATION 13 RESPONDED TO A VEGETATION FIRE EARLIER TODAY, FRIDAY 25 JULY 2014, ALONG COLEMAN ROAD IN ALMADEN, A SITE NEAR THE VILLAS OF ALMADEN TOWNHOUSE COMMUNITY, … Continue reading

Friday 25 July 2014 · Leave a comment

HISTORIC BAKER RANCH IN ALMADEN MARKED FOR SALE, ADJACENT TO ABANDONED PARK & RIDE LOT

THE PROPERTY DESIGNATED AS THE “BAKER RANCH BUILDINGS” BY THE CITY OF SAN JOSE HISTORIC RESOURCES INVENTORY HAS A LARGE “FOR SALE” SIGN AT ITS FRONT LOT, EVEN THOUGH IT’S CURRENTLY OCCUPIED FOR … Continue reading

Thursday 24 July 2014 · Leave a comment

UPDATE: BIKE CORRAL ADDED TO SIDE PARKLET AT LINCOLN AVE GARDEN THEATRE

BICYCLE CORRALS ARE BEING ADDED TO THE SIDE OF LINCOLN AVENUE’S NEW PARKLET FOR CURBSIDE DINING, AS SEEN WEDNESDAY 23 JULY 2014. This new feature was included in a story … Continue reading

Wednesday 23 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SJ CITY COUNCIL RECOMMENDED TO DECREASE WILLOW GLEN’s FIRE STATION 37 RESERVE BY $350,000; PLANS TO POSTPONE INDEFINITELY

LAST MONTH, BEFORE A VACATION FROM SESSION, SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL RECOMMENDED TO DECREASE WILLOW GLEN’S FIRE STATION 37 RESERVE BY $350,000; THAT IS, WHILE CONTINUING DELAYS ON BUILDING THAT STATION … Continue reading

Tuesday 22 July 2014 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: VIN SANTO RISTORANTE IN WILLOW GLEN, STIRS THE POT — THE “PAIOLO,” FOR POLENTA! CHEF RETURNS FROM ITALY WITH SUMMER “AL FRESCO” DINING AND MORE TO SHARE

CHEF UMBERTO PALA IS APPROACHING HIS SEVENTH YEAR IN WILLOW GLEN, WELL SITUATED IN ONE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S MORE HISTORIC BUILDINGS, SERVING CUISINE WITH A LOCAL AND AUTHENTIC TOUCH. Reading … Continue reading

Saturday 19 July 2014 · Leave a comment

GUADALUPE RIVER — AT THE CROSS OF SAN JOSE DISTRICTS & NEIGHBORHOODS — SHOWS SIGNS OF DROUGHT AND BLIGHT FROM HOMELESSNESS

SAN JOSE’S GUADALUPE RIVER CROSSES THROUGH SAN JOSE AT THE INTERSECTION OF OLD ALMADEN ROAD & THE CAPITOL EXPRESSWAY/HILLSDALE AVENUE CORRIDOR; WHERE AT, SIGNS OF DROUGHT AND BLIGHT FROM HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS ARE BECOMING EVER … Continue reading

Friday 18 July 2014 · Leave a comment

OLD “HILLVIEW SHELL” STATION AT LINCOLN & CURTNER AVENUES MOVES SLOWLY AT REDEVELOPMENT

THE GAS STATION AT THE CORNER OF CURTNER & LINCOLN AVENUE, FORMERLY KNOWN AS HILLVIEW SHELL, HAS SLOWLY BEEN MAKING IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. Even since early summer, around … Continue reading

Friday 18 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SAN JOSE SHUTS OFF “SPRAYGROUNDS” AROUND NEIGHBORHOOD CITY PARKS; WHILE “RAGING WATERS” THEME PARK STILL FLOWS AND LAKE CUNNINGHAM PARK SEEMS AT ODDS

POSTED AROUND THE CITY OF SAN JOSE AT ITS PARKS ARE SIGNS THAT SAY “ALL SPRAYGROUNDS WILL NOT BE FUNCTIONAL THIS YEAR” [2014]; WHICH IS A STARK CONTRAST TO PLACES … Continue reading

Friday 18 July 2014 · Leave a comment

PAC*SJ ANNOUNCES: CENTURY 21 THEATER ADDED TO CALIFORNIA REGISTER OF HISTORIC RESOURCES; STILL AWAITS NATIONAL

WED 16 JULY 2014 — EARLIER TODAY, PRESERVATION ACTION COUNCIL OF SAN JOSE (PAC*SJ) ANNOUNCED VIA ITS FACEBOOK PAGE THAT CENTURY 21 THEATER WAS ADDED AS A STATE LANDMARK AS … Continue reading

Wednesday 16 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SCHMOOZING AT “LADIE’S NIGHT” OUT, & OTHER EVENTS IN WILLOW GLEN, TAKES A SPIN

WEDNESDAY 16TH OF JULY IS “LADIES NIGHT OUT” IN DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN, WHEREAS SAN JOSE MAYORAL CANDIDATES APPEARED ON LINCOLN AVENUE TO SCHMOOZE WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS.   Tonight is supposed to … Continue reading

Wednesday 16 July 2014 · Leave a comment

“WILLOW GLEN NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2014,” SCHEDULED AT WILLOW ST./FRANK BRAMHALL PARK (AUG)

WILLOW GLEN RESIDENTS, SAN JOSE POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION AND SAN JOSE FIRE FIGHTERS LOCAL 230 INVITE NEIGHBORS OF WILLOW GLEN TO ENJOY A SOCIAL ICE CREAM AT THE PARK AS … Continue reading

Wednesday 16 July 2014 · Leave a comment

FATE OF WILLOW GLEN TRESTLE GOES TO SANTA CLARA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT AS OF 18 JULY 2014

FRIENDS OF WILLOW GLEN TRESTLE SUED THE CITY OF SAN JOSE AND THE CITY COUNCIL IN A CASE KNOWN AS “FRIENDS Of THE WILLOW GLEN TRESTLE vs CITY OF SAN JOSE, ET AL,” WHICH IS TO BE HEARD AT SANTA CLARA COUNTY … Continue reading

Tuesday 15 July 2014 · Leave a comment

STUMPY’S BURGER, FRIES & DOGS DEBUTS MENU, POSSIBLY OPENING OVER WEEKEND

STUMPY’S BURGERS, FRIES AND DOGS SHARES A DEBUT OF ITS MENU, AS THE RESTAURANT AT WILLOW GLEN’S LINCOLN AVENUE PREPARES TO OPEN (POSSIBLY) AS OF THIS WEEKEND. Prices seen on this … Continue reading

Tuesday 15 July 2014 · Leave a comment

THE OLD “LOS GATOS THEATRE” GIVES NEW GLIMMER TO SANTA CRUZ AVENUE

THE OLD “LOS GATOS THEATRE” HAD BEEN PRESERVED OVER THE GENERATIONS, WHEREAS IT RECENTLY UNDERWENT RENOVATION to “REINVIGORATE THE TIRED OLD GEM.” The theater already had its Grand Reopening on May 2, … Continue reading

Tuesday 15 July 2014 · Leave a comment

LOS GATOS UNIVERSITY/EDELEN HISTORIC DISTRICT: HARRY PERRIN HOME, IMPROVEMENTS

THE HISTORIC HARRY PERRIN HOME IN LOS GATOS IS SEEN WITH ADDED IMPROVEMENTS AS OF THIS MID-JULY 2014, SUCH AS PART OF AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO ZONE CHANGE IN THE UNIVERSITY/EDELEN … Continue reading

Tuesday 15 July 2014 · Leave a comment

RESTAURANTEUR’s “BON ANNIVERSAIRE”: TWO-ALARM FIRE DEVASTATES MANRESA, DAVID KINCH’S LOS GATOS TWO-STAR MICHELIN RESTAURANT (BEHIND THE BARRICADES)

A WEEK AFTER A TWO-ALARM FIRE DEVASTATED DAVID KINCH’S MICHELIN TWO-STAR RESTAURANT IN LOS GATOS, THE BUILDING REMAINS COMPLETELY BARRICADED BEHIND A CYCLONE FENCE AND THE RESTAURANT CLOSED FOR SERVICE TO … Continue reading

Monday 14 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SCENE FROM ST. JAMES PARK, BIG CROWD WATCHES WORLD CUP IN SAN JOSE

San Jose residents crowded into the park, yesterday, Sunday 13 July 2014 to view the World Cup soccer game.

Monday 14 July 2014 · Leave a comment

CENTURY 21 THEATERS, “SAVE THE DOMES,” BECOMES “ELIGIBLE” FOR NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

THE “CENTURY 21 THEATER,” NOW “ELIGIBLE” FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES, IS CELEBRATED BY LOCAL GROUPS— PRESERVATION ACTION COUNCIL of SAN JOSE & CALIFORNIA PIONEERS OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY — AS ONE OF VINCENT RANEY’S … Continue reading

Monday 14 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SILICON VALLEY COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS & FRIENDS OF LOS GATOS CREEK MEET SUPERVISOR CORTESE AT A CREEK CLEAN-UP

THIS MORNING OVER 100 VOLUNTEERS MET AT TWO LOCATIONS ON THE LOS GATOS CREEK TRAIL FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL SILICON VALLEY COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE “COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY”: that was at (1) the … Continue reading

Saturday 12 July 2014 · Leave a comment

DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPACT LOS GATOS CREEK & OUTLYING AREAS

A TOUR OF LOS GATOS CREEK PROVIDES EVIDENCE OF CALIFORNIA’S SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS, as they were evoked by Governor Brown’s “Proclamation of a Continued State of Emergency,” aside from Santa Clara Valley Water District’s neighborhood updates, stream alerts and … Continue reading

Saturday 12 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SJ WILLOW STREET PARK CONTRASTS BLIGHTED COMPONENTS WITH BRIGHT IMPROVEMENTS

  Over last year, Willow Street Park (aka Frank Bramhall Park) has received many improvements — and there may be a few more — but, there’s still a few things that … Continue reading

Thursday 10 July 2014 · Leave a comment

SJ CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS BAN of E-CIGARETTES (UNDECIDED); FOLLOWS COUNTY & OTHER CITIES

SAN JOSE COUNCILMEMBERS CONSIDERED BANNING E-CIGARETTES AT ANY BUILDING OWNED, LEASED OR OCCUPPIED BY THE CITY.   While a decision seems not to be concluded yet, the matter was mentioned in the … Continue reading

Wednesday 9 July 2014 · Leave a comment

TOP NOSH & STUMPY’S TO FEATURE “CURBSIDE DINING” AT WILLOW GLEN’S GARDEN THEATER

    DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN IS JUST ABOUT READY TO SET THE TABLE FOR IT’S FIRST “CURBSIDE DINING” improvement, which will be an added feature for two foodservice establishments that are … Continue reading

Wednesday 9 July 2014 · Leave a comment

LOWER GUADALUPE TRAIL, EXTENDED CLOSURE (AUG-OCT 2014)

THE CITY OF SAN JOSE ANNOUNCED AN EXTENDED CLOSURE OF THE LOWER GUADALUPE TRAIL, which concerns the Gold Street to Tasman Drive area.  Closure of the trail is required as … Continue reading

Wednesday 9 July 2014 · Leave a comment

STEVE HOLMES — CREEK & RIVER ACTIVIST — LAUNCHES FRIENDS OF GUADALUPE RIVER

STEVE HOLMES, FOUNDER OF FRIENDS OF LOS GATOS CREEK, IS NOW LAUNCHING A “FRIENDS OF GUADALUPE RIVER” Steve Holmes announced his plans back on 13 June 2014 at a Facebook … Continue reading

Tuesday 8 July 2014 · Leave a comment

CHANGES TO DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN’S STREET-SCAPE

Downtown Willow Glen’s streetscape has been showing changes over the last several years; but, it’s just over the last several months and into the Fourth of July 2014 weekend, that residents can … Continue reading

Monday 7 July 2014 · Leave a comment

LAUNCH de·Anza Post as of Fourth of July, 2014 Weekend

Happy Independence Day Weekend!  De·Anza Post is underway and being launched during the Fourth of July 2014 weekend.   The website is currently being set-up, as are the Facebook and Twitter … Continue reading

Sunday 6 July 2014 · Leave a comment

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