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Lincoln Avenue Road Diet Vote: Willow Glen Neighborhood and Business Associations Turn a Page Against History

Although a vote wasn’t expected until July, the Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA) went ahead and conducted one of their board meetings as of early morning, Tuesday 23 June 2015, therein … Continue reading

Friday 26 June 2015 · Leave a comment

EAT HERE: A REVIEW OF THE FOOD, RESTAURANT & GROCERY SCENE AT DOWNTOWN WILLOW GLEN

Among its residents and daily visitors, San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood remains a perennial favorite, largely known for its familial, hospitable and casual character… plus, its many food service businesses and grocery stores.  Taking … Continue reading

Friday 27 March 2015 · Leave a comment

POLITICS of SAN JOSE’s “PUBLIC SAFETY” ISSUES, COLLIDES WITH WILLOW GLENS’s “ROAD DIET” PROJECT

It’s approaching two weeks since San Jose’s neighborhood retail strip, Lincoln Avenue has been temporarily painted-up and reconfigured for its “road diet” (also known as a “lane reduction”).   In of that, … Continue reading

Thursday 12 March 2015 · Leave a comment

LINCOLN AVENUE “ROAD DIET” TRIAL NOW INSTALLED; Willow Glen gets information and feedback

Lincoln Avenue has now been temporarily painted-up and reconfigured as of Friday morning 27th February.  Because of an expected rain storm, the road diet jumped ahead of schedule by a day or … Continue reading

Friday 27 February 2015 · Leave a comment

LINCOLN AVENUE “ROAD DIET” BEGINS 21 FEBRUARY 2015; San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood trials its “complete streets” project

The nation’s tenth largest city, San Jose, is putting more consideration into traffic calming and “sharable streets,” whereby safe and green spaces will be created for multiple modes of travel.  It’s … Continue reading

Saturday 21 February 2015 · Leave a comment

LOU’S VILLAGE IN WILLOW GLEN NEGOTIATES WITH OPA! RESTAURANT

RUMOR IS SPREADING FAST AROUND LINCOLN AVENUE IN WILLOW GLEN THAT LOU’S VILLAGE RESTAURANT — A LONGTIME SAN JOSE TRADITION – IS ABOUT TO TRANSITION OUT FROM ITS LOCATION AT … Continue reading

Friday 8 August 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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