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

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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 be an event sponsored by the Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA), in which the ladies of Willow Glen are invited downtown to the avenue to shop, mingle and maybe have a glass of wine at any of the various participating shops and restaurants.  It’s “Ladies Night.”

On the far end of the Lincoln, near Minnesota Avenue, restaurants like Vin Santo appeared neighborly and business-as-usual.  Here, Chef Umberto had time to chat, the live music played and dining visitors had their casual delight.  Outside, a few groups of ladies were seen mingling about at early evening, but it wasn’t  excessively busy.  Patrons dropped into Dolcetto Cafe & Market and Grapevine Wine, Cheese & Tasting Bar to get away and relax, if not casually peruse through the boutique shops.

But, progressing to the opposite end of the avenue, towards Willow Street, the feel starts to change.  The stretch from the cross streets of Meredith Avenue to Willow Street is where most of the architectural development has been occurring recently.    Here, the underlying feel about the neighborhood becomes more apparent.   Although some people decidedly go about carefree, it also has an increasingly political “charm” about it.

It’s been over a month since San Jose’s 2014 Mayoral primary election occurred, whereas the campaigns between the two remaining candidates — Supervisor Dave Cortese and Councilmember Sam Liccardo — seems to be heating up.  Both candidates appeared on Lincoln Avenue, although making a congenial appearance tonight.  The center of focus was especially around the Willow Glen Town Square, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and across the street at the Garden Theatre, where a new parklet and curbside dining are about to debut.

At the cross-walk from Peet’s were the politicos, soon to meander over and mingle at Jim Stump’s new business at the Garden Theatre, Stumpy’s Burgers, Fries and Dogs (Stumpy’s BFD).  Supervisor Cortese was seen chatting over at Peets, but probably going to make his way over.   District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio showed up and skipped on over to the Garden Theatre, where District 3’s Sam Liccardo was already in the mix and shaking hands with a wide smile.

“Ladies Night” was still young, when WGBA was already promoting its next socio-political event on Facebook and Twitter:

Save the date for a fun National Night Out event hosted by the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA) and Willow Glen Charm in Downtown Willow Glen! Tuesday, August 5th at 6:30 pm.

Therein, lately, WGBA seems to be more political in its underpinnings. Also known online as “Downtown Willow Glen,” WGBA does not tell you that the original scheduled “National Night Out” is actually happening at Willow Street/Frank Bramhall Park, whereas theirs seems to be staged — just in time — as an alternate.

Just earlier, de·Anza Post posted the related and following story,

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 OF TUESDAY, 5 AUGUST 2014, FROM 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

National Night Out describes itself as:

National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, devoted to safer communities. The nation’s premiere crime prevention network works with law enforcement officials and civilian leaders to keep crime watch volunteers informed, interested, involved and motivated. Since 1981, NATW continues to serve thousands of members across the nation.

Relating to public safety, the following organizations are sponsoring the “National Night Out” at Willow Street Park:
The San Jose Police Officers Association (POA)
San Jose Firefighters Local 230

 

 

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