HIDDENBROOKE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Volume 4, Issue 2
IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE! February / March 05
Attention all Property Owners Inside this issue:
A public forum information meeting about the upcoming President’s Message 2
Master Declaration (CC&R) Amendment Vote HB Community School 3
will be held at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Club on
CC&R Update 4
Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 4:00 PM Holiday Lighting Contest 5
Optional Pasta Buffet Dinner will follow the meeting. Cost $10.00 per person. Recent Home Sales 5
You may attend the information meeting and not stay for dinner HCA Nominating Committee 6
Please RSVP by Feb. 23rd to Welcome Center: 558-9697 Keep Our Cities Clean 6
(Numbers attending for meeting and/or for buffet.) HB Resident Golf Club 7
This meeting shall be the only public information meeting HMD Update 8
regarding these important legal matters that affect your property. Over The Back Fence 8
Please attend to be informed about the upcoming vote. Classified Ads 9
Copies of the draft amendment when received will be available via Recycle More Trash 10
HB-News and the Welcome Center (look for a sign in the window)
Important Phone Numbers 11
For Information: Ricki Ingersoll 642-6618 Important Dates 12
Optional Pasta Buffet includes: Assorted Pastas – Penne, Tortellini & Linguine,
Assorted Sauces– Pomodoro, Pesto & Cream Sauce,
Mixed green salad with assorted dressings,
Grilled Chicken, Garlic Bread, and Cheese cakes.
Thank You Triad Communities for underwriting part of this cost.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: BRINGING COMMUNITY
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS TO HIDDENBROOKE
By Bob Sampayan, email@example.com
Take a moment and imagine another Loma Prieta earthquake, but being prepared for disasters is es-
but this time it’s on the Green Valley Fault that lies about four sential for public safety in Hiddenbrooke.
miles Northeast of us between Cordelia and Hiddenbrooke.
Homes shake for several minutes, several buildings fall, all the The HCA Board is exploring the possibility of establishing Com-
utilities fail, and phone service stops. We try to call for help on munity Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to deal with disas-
our cell phones but the cell site is also out. We try to leave Hid- ters and emergency preparedness. The CERT idea is nothing
denbrooke but find that the Parkway is blocked by downed high- new, and has been around since 1994 and has established itself
tension lines that cross over it at the waterfall. Somehow, one of in many communities throughout the United States. The volun-
our neighbors is able to call out of Hiddenbrooke but learns that teer personnel that make up the teams are community residents
the damage of the quake has strained the resources of the pub- that have skills in various areas, such as advanced first aid,
lic safety agencies that serve us. We’re told we may be on our CPR, search and rescue, fire fighting, just to name a few. How-
own for a day or so. Now what? Are we really isolated from ever, you don’t have to be skilled in any of these to participate in
basic emergency services? Scenarios similar to this can happen (Continued on page 10)
Page 2 NEIGHBORS
By Paul Norberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that the holidays are over we are all getting back to our normal routines. The holiday
lighting contest was a big success, and we all enjoyed the many beautifully decorated homes.
A big round of thanks to all who participated in the contest. Don’t forget to take your lights down and put them
away for next year.
Hiddenbrooke resident Bob Kile met with the Hiddenbrooke Community Association Board of Directors in Janu-
ary to help develop a plan for recruiting committee members and identifying the most important issues impact-
ing all of us. Bob is a recognized expert in recruiting board members for non profit organizations and has writ-
ten a book on the subject. If you have any Hiddenbrooke issues you feel need to be addressed, please let me
know. The list will be used to identify special skills needed to solve these problems, and to recruit qualified indi-
viduals to serve on committees and board positions.
The school committee conducted Operation Kid Kount on January 8th and 9th. Over 75% of the homes in Hid-
denbrooke were contacted and 471 kids up to18 years old were counted with another 33 on the way bringing
the total to over 500. Out of that total only 40 are attending Vallejo public schools. The committee is working
on the possibility of getting a charter or magnet school established on the Orchards school site. Sally Dutcher
is the chair of the school committee and needs your help to get a functioning school. You can contact her at
email@example.com or give her a call at 553-8121.
The Welcome Center is currently managed by Triad Communities. As Triad will be leaving Hiddenbrooke when
the build out is completed, the Hiddenbrooke Community Association voted at the June 2004 annual meeting to
take over managing the Welcome Center. Hiddenbrooke resident Allen Wildermuth is working with the city to
make the transition on 7/1/05. The Welcome Center is funded by the taxes we all pay to the Hiddenbrooke
Maintenance District. There is no financial cost to the HCA, and Allen will be volunteering his time. We believe
this change will result in a better run Welcome Center and more responsive to our needs.
A reception in February is being planned for new Vallejo City Manager Roger Kemp, and all Hiddenbrooke resi-
dents are invited to attend. The exact date will be announced on Hiddenbrooke News and published on our
web site www.Hiddenbrookeonline.org. If you are not yet a subscriber to Hiddenbrooke News, you can sign up
at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hiddenbrookenews. We now have 319 residents using Hiddenbrooke News
and exchanging information on a daily basis. There is no cost to join, and it is a great place to find out what is
happening in Hiddenbrooke.
A number of Hiddenbrooke residents have inquired about getting a separate zip code for Hiddenbrooke. We
took an informal poll and found that 41 residents wanted a separate zip code and 15 didn’t. Congressman
George Miller offered to help and wanted a letter stating that a majority of the residents supported a new zip
code. As only 56 out of 850 homes responded, I didn’t feel I could write the letter without a petition signed by a
majority of residents, and the HCA board decided to take no action on the issue. Recently both Discovery Bay
and Bay Point in the East Bay requested separate zip codes but were turned down by the Post Office. Discov-
ery Bay with 9,000 residents and 3,800 homes is in the same zip code as Byron. Bay Point with 17,500 resi-
2004-2005 dents and 6,300 homes has the same zip code as Pittsburg.
Board of Directors Hiddenbrooke currently has about 850 homes and will have
about 1220 when completed. As Hiddenbrooke is much
President Paul Norberg 552-5145 smaller than both Discovery Bay and Bay Point, we didn’t feel it
Vice President Jim Libien 554-0226 was worth the effort to continue the application.
Secretary Joyce Estes 647-7053
Treasurer Linda Servis 557-0458
Director John Rosenberg 557-5100
Director Bob Sampayan 645-1371 Hiddenbrooke — Where families thrive, and
Director Kevin Elliott 557-9340 friendships & memories are made!
February / March 05 Page 3
MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS HIDDENBROOKE CRAB FEED
IN THE LOUNGE Saturday, February 5
Reservations between 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Lounge is open Friday nights from 5:00 pm to 8:30 Hiddenbrooke Clubhouse Pavilion
pm. Friday nights are a great opportunity for you to meet
fellow Hiddenbrooke neighbors while enjoying a great Buffet Includes: Caesar Salad, Cheese Tortellini,
dinner. Fresh All-You-Can-Eat Crab, Garlic Bread,
Please note, during the busy banquet season, the Cookies & Brownies,
Lounge is closed for private events. Call 558-0330 ext. Iced Tea & Lemonade
248 for the Lounge’s Friday night schedule.
$19.95 per adult
$9.95 per child (12 years & younger)
UPCOMING EVENTS Excludes tax & gratuity
Wine Dinner – Thursday, February 24
St. Patrick’s Day Buffet – Thursday, March 17 Reservations required. Please call 558-0330 x211
Deadline to RSVP is 5:00 pm on Thur, Feb. 3
Easter Brunch – Sunday, March 27
HB COMMUNITY SCHOOL: GOT KIDS?
By Elizabeth Weinberg
Our first fundraiser on December 12 was a Of the 674 responses:
very enjoyable event. “Brunch with Number of kids, aged infant-18: 471
Santa,” in collaboration with realtors Number of babies on the way: 33
Desiree Conley, Melinda Mares, and Jennifer Stephenson, the (We have a baby boom, folks!)
Hiddenbrooke Golf Course, and the Hiddenbrooke Community Breakdown of Kids/No Kids:
Association, was a success and drew over 200 neighbors on a Number of homes w/ kids, or expecting: 306
lovely holiday Sunday for brunch, free pictures with Santa, holi- Number of homes w/NO kids: 368
day crafts for the kids and raffles to benefit the future school.
We had more than 200 reservations, and had to turn people Over the next weeks, we will have the statistics compiled and will
away! And, we raised nearly $400 which will be used for opera- upload a file to the School and HCA Yahoo Groups. If you have
tional costs associated with the numerous tasks at hand, includ- not yet responded, please give us a call at 642-6346 and leave a
ing preparing and submitting grants, preparing and submitting message with your address and kids’ ages, or let us know that
the charter documentation, preparing and filing tax-exempt (non- there are no kids in your home.
profit) status documentation, etc. It was a great start, and we Our sincerest appreciation goes out to the following people who
thank the community for their generosity. gave up their weekend to join us out in the elements for this ef-
The next big event was Operation Kid Kount 2005, held on the fort: Kimber Smith & kids, Wilma and Dan Kiernan, Paul and Pat
wet and windy weekend of January 8 and 9. A group of hardy Norberg, Lynda and Derrick Aynaga, Elizabeth Bates, Michelle
volunteers succeeded in knocking on 863 doors — a very signifi- Hunter and the whole Hunter family, James and Cynthia Murphy,
cant achievement! We’ve now completed the preliminary num- the Imlach family (Jason, Diane and Mom), Priscilla Solomon,
ber-crunching, and here’s what we have as of January 17: Craig and Victoria Danby, Terrie Taylor, and Laura Hayes. We'd
also like to thank the community for answering our questions and
Total Homes contacted: 863 for the numerous offers of support we have received. We’ll be in
Total responses as of 1/17: 674
*Still waiting for a response: 189*
(It’s not too late! Call us!) (Continued on page 7)
Page 4 NEIGHBORS
KNOCK, KNOCK – WHO’S THERE?
By Kathy Wildermuth
Soon, you will be hearing the gentle “knock-knock” on your door from neighborhood volunteers to tell you of the
exciting changes coming to Hiddenbrooke. That's right, you might think of it as the Changing of the Guards re-
garding the Hiddenbrooke CC&Rs.
As most of you may know by now, Triad has been the single dominant force in working with property owners to obtain compliance
with the Hiddenbrooke CC&Rs. Triad is going to be leaving soon, and this very important responsibility must now be transferred to
another group. The new group will be the Hiddenbrooke Architectural Review Committee (HARC), which many of you may already
be familiar with, having submitted your landscaping plans for review and approval. This same group will expand their efforts
to ensure that the Hiddenbrooke CC&Rs remain viable and in force, to protect your property values and continue to preserve Hid-
denbrooke's reputation as a special place to live.
The effort to transfer this responsibility for CC&R compliance has been a long and tremendous undertaking. Thanks to Geoff
Albrecht's prior HCA committee, followed by Terry Reilly, then Ricki Ingersoll, John Rosenberg, and other dedicated residents, Hid-
denbrooke property owners are about to savor the fruits of these previous diligent efforts. Coming soon, a community meeting will
be held to inform Hiddenbrooke residents of the changes to our community, which will provide stability and value to all of our proper-
At this meeting you will hear about the changes to the CC&Rs, and learn about the community vote that will implement these
changes. After this meeting, neighborhoods will be canvassed to ask each household to support HARC in establishing the mecha-
nism to take over this important responsibility. In addition to further explaining the CC&R transition effort, property owners will have
the opportunity to ask the walkers specific questions about how this effort will improve Hiddenbrooke. To cover the entire Hidden-
brooke community, 35 of your neighbors have volunteered to walk door-to-door and inform each household of the importance of
supporting the HARC. As these dedicated residents come to your door, you will learn the importance of supporting this effort to
preserve Hiddenbrooke's inherent beauty, and maintain and improve your property values.
So when you hear the doorbell ring, or hear that knock on your door, welcome your neighborhood walker, and find out how this ef-
fort will change Hiddenbrooke for the better, and how you can help by voting in favor of HARC taking over responsibility for CC&R
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February / March 05 Page 5
LET THERE BE LIGHT… RECENT HOME SALES
Recent Home Sales information is from BAREIS mls. Provided by
AT HIDDENBROOKE Mark Pritchard, Broker, Hiddenbrooke Realty
By Valerie McCormick PRICE SOLD ADDRESS BD/BA SQ FT
Hiddenbrookers once again rallied to array our neighborhoods $570,000 4076 Summer Gate 3/3 2,205
with light for the holiday season! The sense of community was $599,500 4083 Summer Gate 4/4 2,652
incredible this year as more and more families participated in set- $635,500 5034 Staghorn Drive 3/3 2,580
ting Hiddenbrooke aglow with a wide variety of creative effects. $665,000 4040 Nottingham Court 4/4 2,652
$690,000 2947 Carlingford Lane 4/3 2,518
Displays varied from traditional elegance to a riot of lights that $700,000 2285 Bennington Drive 4/3 2,646
were sure to draw Santa (and, just maybe, a Travis C-5) to their $725,000 3064 Overlook Drive 4/3 2,918
location! The homes along Bennington were awarded a special $834,500 1338 Swainson Court 4/3 3,134
“Spirit Award” ($100 towards their next block party) for their out-
$840,000 1000 Songwood Road 4/4 3,612
standing participation with nearly all homes in the area sporting
$860,000 2650 Avocet Lane 4/4 3,300
holiday celebrations of light and décor. Many Village homes took
care to assure a consistent appearance of village festivity. In sev-
eral areas throughout Hiddenbrooke contiguous properties
seemed to band together to effect a thematic approach. All
neighborhoods throughout our community were alight with festive
arrangements providing exciting reminders of the holiday season. Accent Curbs
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Page 6 NEIGHBORS
HCA NOMINATING COMMITTEE GEARING UP FOR
By Priscilla Silvey, Chair
It’s a new year, and we are in the early stages of preparing to We are also very interested in hearing from HCA members
elect four (4) Hiddenbrooke Community Association (HCA) who are willing to submit a “Hiddenbrooke Community Associa-
Board Member Positions for Fiscal year 2005. tion 2005 Board Candidate Profile.” Please note that only HCA
members may run for the Board and only members may vote
In preparation for filling these positions, which are effective July for the Board. However, don’t let that stop you -- if you are
1st, several steps are currently underway. For example: interested in joining HCA, and or preparing to run for the Board,
(1) A Nominating Committee has been established. please call John Rosenberg on 557-5100 to register as a HCA
(2) A Strategic Board Recruitment process is underway to member.
determine key Board initiatives/goals and required Board Candidate Profiles for Board positions will be available by Feb-
member’s skill and talent slates required to meet those ruary 6th via HB-News and or directly from Priscilla Silvey at
goals. firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to send the Profile via
(3) We are requesting interested HCA members to submit a email, you may deliver or mail it to the Hiddenbrooke Commu-
“HCA-2005 Candidate Profile” to the Nominating Commit- nity Association, Welcome Center, 850 Hiddenbrooke Park-
tee by March 1, 2005. way, Vallejo, CA 94591,(attention: Priscilla Silvey). And, if you
Here is a little more information with reference to each of the want to talk to a “live person” about Board member positions
above steps: and requirements before posting your profile, please call
Priscilla on 643-0995. Please note that all Profiles should be
Nomination Committee Members are: dated no later than March 1, 2005.
Priscilla Silvey, (Chair)
Regina Lau (Committee Member) We are very pleased with the accomplishments of current and
Kevin Elliot (Board Liaison) past Board members. These members share that they typically
Bob Kile (Strategic Board Recruitment Consultant) spend 8 hours (or more) each month on HCA business. In
addition, many Board members share that they benefit by at-
The Nominating Committee is working with Bob Kile to facilitate tending many of the HCA Community functions. While this is a
a Board Member’s workshop to identify key 2005-2006 Board commitment in time, Board member’s have accomplished
initiatives and goals, along with relevant Board members much and have found the time rewarding. We hope YOU are
skills/talents required to meet those objectives. This information willing to share your time and talent to support the develop-
then helps us round out Board member’s backgrounds neces- ment of our great community!
sary to meet future Hiddenbrooke Community needs.
KEEP OUR CITIES CLEAN, PROGRESS MADE!
By Joyce Estes, email@example.com
Our committee has been working with Vallejo the gratitude of all the residents. (Thank You Todd & Lynn!.)
Code Enforcement (Vallejo Adopt A Street And Triad Communities is still on the list to adopt a segment for
Program), CalTrans (Adopt A Highway Pro- trash removal.
gram) and Napa County (Adopt A Road Program) to make the
streets and highways around Vallejo cleaner. McGary Road is being adopted by HCA through the Vallejo
Adopt A Street Program and a sign will be installed in the next
Our initial goal was to find businesses who would a adopt sec- few weeks. (McGary Road runs in front of our waterfall and is
tion of Highway 80. To kick off the program, HCA submitted an also home to the informal park and ride.) HCA has agreed to
application to adopt the two-mile section in front of Hidden- remove trash from this area four times per year and the Vallejo
brooke on the Hiddenbrooke side, but the application was de- Garbage Co. and/or CalTrans will pick up the bagged trash.
nied because CalTrans just recently discovered they had an The first clean up will be late January or early February and
application from Jelly Belly filed in 1999 and from Triad Commu- then quarterly thereafter. My husband and I have agreed to co-
nities filed in 2000. So Jelly Belly will be adopting the area in ordinate the clean ups, and I will post a notice to HB-News to
front of Hiddenbrooke from about the end of the narrow Bike notify every one of the clean up days which will be a weekday
path to about the Red Top exit. The adoption will require that and a Saturday. If you aren’t on HB-News and want a personal
they use a paid contractor to pick up trash once per month. notification, please call or email me. I will need a count of those
planning to participate so that we will have enough orange
Todd & Lynn Honderd agreed to pay for a second trash pick up vests, pickers and bags. The first clean up will be the most labor
each month on Highway 80 in front of Hiddenbrooke at a cost of intensive. All participates will need to sign a release. Also So-
about $50 per month. We are calling them Silent Adopters be-
cause they won’t get their name on the sign, but they will have (Continued on page 9)
February / March 05 Page 7
Hiddenbrooke Neighbors; As a resident, I have a personal
investment in this community; I can offer you valuable workable
solutions to your specific real estate needs.
My commitment to you!
Always represent your best interest.
Highest level of integrity
Keep in touch with you regularly.
Sell your home as quickly as possible at the highest
Assure you an efficient and stress free transaction.
Call today….Don’t delay!
FOR ALL BROKER LISTING INFORMATION LOGON TO:
Mary Ann http://www.pruweb.com/magg
Garay-Gutierrez Member of Solano County MLS
Realtor Executive, SRES Member of Central Valley MLS
(707) 558-8188 Member of San Mateo MLS
(650) 619-3060 Cellular Member of San Mateo Board of Realtors 100 El Camino Real
(650) 696-1838 ext. 289 Burlingame, CA 94010
firstname.lastname@example.org 6/7 04
HIDDENBROOKE COMMUNITY SCHOOL (Continued from page 3) HMD (Continued from page 8)
The next big project is to expand our Steering Committee. We need five make it difficult to navigate and potentially dan-
to seven very dedicated volunteers to manage the daunting task of cre- gerous for strollers, walkers or runners. Replac-
ating our school. If you are interested, please contact us. We hope to ing the asphalt is not a viable long term solution,
have a meeting scheduled in late February or early March. An excellent so the LMD staff have been researching alter-
resource for learning about Charter Schools is the California Charter natives for us. Our plan is to agree on a solution
Schools Association website, and have the work done as weather permits
http://www.charterassociation.org/home.asp. We highly recommend you later this winter and spring.
take a look if you are serious about committing to this project. The HMD Committee worked early this year to
set priorities for the LMD staff that support us,
Elizabeth Weinberg, email@example.com, 642-6346
and we hope you’ll agree that things are looking
Sally Dutcher, firstname.lastname@example.org; 553-8121
good at Hiddenbrooke.
HIDDENBROOKE RESIDENTS GOLF CLUB
By John Estes, 647-7052 or email email@example.com
The Hiddenbrooke Residents Golf Club is open to all residents of Hiddenbrooke. We will continue with a
Monthly Golf Tournament with a buffet afterwards. We are going to add Special Weekend Tournaments and
some more weekday play. To become a member of the HRGC you must have a Hiddenbrooke Residents
Card and a NCGA Handicap Card. The Residents Card entitles you to discount rates when you play Golf at Hiddenbrooke.
These cards may be purchased at the Pro Shop. The Monthly Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday Afternoons, and the
Special Weekend Tournaments will be held on Saturday or Sunday. The Weekday play will be Tuesday mornings and on one
weekday, there will be a tee-off at 5:30 pm to play nine holes.
The schedule for Monthly Tournaments are: Feb 20 (weather permitting), March 20, April 10, May 22, June 26, July 17, Aug
21, Sept 18 (HCA nine hole Tournament) Oct 16 and Nov 20. This year, all HRGC Members will be notified by e-mail or tele-
phone. To become a HRGC Member, you need to mail or email me the following information per golfer: Name, Address,
Phone Number, Email Address, Hiddenbrooke Residents Card Number and NCGA Card Number.
Page 8 NEIGHBORS
HMD UPDATE: WILDFLOWERS AND TREES
By Ginger Bryant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Each homeowner in Hiddenbrooke pays an California Poppies, Arroyo Lupine, Baby-blue-eyes, Bluebells,
assessment with their property taxes for the Godetia, Beach Evening Primrose and other native plants on
Hiddenbrooke Maintenance District. In addi- the hillside. Also added this year, we planted daffodil bulbs on
tion to routine landscaping work, irrigation of lawns and Landmark by the new trash can. Although the raccoons had
planted areas, weed control and the Welcome Center, our great fun digging the daffodil bulbs up, we replanted and are
annual budget includes funds for repairs and renovations. So hopeful they will bloom and naturalize, creating a colorful dis-
far this fiscal year (July 04 to June 05), the HMD Committee, play for years to come. If these efforts are successful, we will
working with the City of Vallejo’s Landscape Maintenance Dis- evaluate similar plantings next year in other areas of Hidden-
trict (LMD) staff, has completed the following projects: brooke.
• Reworked the irrigation system in three areas – to the The Committee has asked the LMD to plant additional trees in
right of our main entrance, the grassy area behind the mail- some of the HMD areas. Since these are not irrigated, we will
box, and the grassy area with benches along Bennington support the water needs with a system called Tubex and plan
near Waterfall to test this along the Overlook hillside and in front of the re-
• Installed cobblestones near the trailhead where we have taining wall at the top of Landmark (below the water tank) be-
been unable to successfully maintain planted materials fore the entrance to Costello. A date has not been set yet for
• Repaired and painted the trellis at the Welcome Center to this planting to be completed. If the tests are successful, there
prevent water damage and dry rot are a number of other areas we will look at for tree plantings in
• Replanted a few sections along the Parkway and in the
median after the trailhead Our final, and major, project for this fiscal year will be repairs
to the asphalt walkway along the Parkway from Bennington to
The LMD staff are also experimenting with adding a bit of
the Fairway Villas sidewalk. Because of the expansive soil in
natural color to Hiddenbrooke. Some hillsides along Overlook
Hiddenbrooke, this asphalt pathway has suffered significant
have been seeded with a wildflower mix. This area is usually
‘heaving’ over the years, leaving large cracks and areas that
just treated to control weeds, but we are hoping that when the
rains are over this spring and through the summer, we’ll enjoy (Continued on page 7)
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Allied Member, ASID Max, and all are doing well!
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February / March 05 Page 9
LET THERE BE LIGHT (Continued from page 5) Special Merit Awards
sense of gratitude to faithful believers. Bailey’s Irish Cream Gift Baskets were awarded to:
Trying to judge the lighting effects was difficult with the myriad 2029 Bennington, Michael & Paulette Brown
of exciting arrays to choose from. The Judges: Curt Johansen, 2408 Waterfall Way, John & Joyce Estes
Carmen Juarez, Annette Taw, Laurie Colter, Peg Reilly and I 2057 Bennington, Dennis & Amalia Ocampo
had a good time selecting award winners. A big “THANKS” to 2062 Bennington, Michael & Elizabeth Delaney
Cole Klokkevold for making the great looking signs awarded to 5079 Staghorn Dr., Edgar & Elnora Fuentecilla
the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners and for the top three Special Merit 1851 Landmark Dr., Minda Bundggay
Awards! We would like to thank Curt Johansen of Triad Com- 1535 Landmark Dr., Jose & Sandra Palomo
munities for co-sponsoring the ten Merit Awards. 4072 Summergate Ave., Maricon Fejardo
2042 Lansdowne, Guillermo Macayan, Jr.
The “Big Three” were found at: 2914 Carlingford (Tree), Tim & Debbie Corbett
1st Place: $200 - 2361 Feldspar Ct, Timothy & Pattie Henry
2nd Place: $150 - 3076 Overlook Dr, Tony & Mary Pearsall Holiday Lighting Committee: Joyce Estes, Laurie Colter,
3rd Place: $100 - 1312 Landmark Dr, Michael & Genie Murphy Susan Fetty, Lory Sevillena, Valerie McCormick and Peggy
KEEP OUR CITIES CLEAN (Continued from page 6) scaping on Tuesdays and Fridays as part of their contract with
lano County has removed the weeds in the roadway on the the Hiddenbrooke Maintenance District.
North end of McGary Road towards Lynch Canyon. We are
working on getting the City of Vallejo and Napa County to re- Money Makes A Difference: You can all help make a differ-
move the 3-foot tall weeds from the roadway on the South end. ence. There are many places along Highway 80 in Vallejo that
We know the bike riders will appreciate this. would benefit from a second trash pickup each month and that
sometimes can be done for just $50 a month on a one year
Cleto & Fe Lastrella, Better Homes Realty will be adopting one contract. Of course some areas just need a one time clean up
side of American Canyon Road from the Solano County line to because of illegal dumping. So HCA is collecting funds to be
the City of American Canyon. (Thank You Cleto & Fe!) And my used specifically for trash and clean up purposes. So far we
husband and I adopted the No Name Street on the other side of have collected $450, which was donated by: Cleto & Fe
the Hiddenbrooke/American Canyon Overpass and continue to Lastrella, Pete Patterson and John & Joyce Estes. The commit-
pickup trash as needed to keep the area neat. tee plans to use the first $600 collected to pay to have the other
side of Highway 80 (American Canyon Side) picked up a sec-
The Hiddenbrooke Golf Course is also supporting the cleanup ond time each month.
program by contributing 12 rounds of golf as a thank-you. Glen
Lowe and his crew at CalTrans who have been so wonderful to Join us in the fight against trash and send a check for any
pick up the Adopt A Highway bags and the big pile of trash that amount to the Hiddenbrooke Community Association.
was removed from the No Name Street have already played Mark your check for TRASH. If you would like to work on
four rounds of golf. And finally, Hiddenbrooke Hugs to Kathy this committee, please contact me as we have room for a cou-
Wildermuth and Lena MacFarland who regularly walk the Hid- ple more people. Keep Our Cities Clean Committee: Joyce
denbrooke Parkway and always come home with a bag of Estes-Chair, Lynn Honderd, Tony Pearsall and Allen & Kathy
trash! This is in addition to the trash removed by Coast Land- Wildermuth.
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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS (Continued from page 1) emergencies.
CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating
The Vallejo Fire Department teaches the CERT program. in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental train-
CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency ing sponsored by public safety agencies that further their skill
services and the people they serve. The goal is for emergency base. Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that
personnel to train members of neighborhoods in basic response improve community emergency preparedness.
skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency
response capability for their area. During the next couple of months, we will be formalizing the
If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays our public safety CERT program for Hiddenbrooke and will begin recruiting vol-
agencies, CERT members can assist others by applying the unteers. Let us know what you think and, most importantly, if
basic response and organizational skills they learned during you’re willing to be a member of the team. Let’s make Hidden-
training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following brooke a safe place for all of us by being prepared. With CERT
a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily teams in place, we won’t be isolated during a time of disaster.
We're recycling about 42 percent already, tips to help you recycle more of your
RECYCLE says Derek Crutchfield, Vallejo's recycling trash.
MORE TRASH coordinator.
Shredded Paper: Vallejo Garbage Co.,
By John Estes A little extra effort will pay off big. It should on Broadway will accept paper for shred-
be habit by now for all Vallejoans to never ding on Thursday, Friday or Saturday
From the Vallejo Times Herald, January throw a can, bottle or paper into a trash from 8 am to 4 pm. The cost is $30 for
16, 2005: “As reported by Times-Herald can. We have curbside recycling that the first 100 pounds and then $.16 a
staff writer Chris G. Denina, Vallejo makes it simple to sort these items into pound thereafter. If you want to observe
should be recycling half of its trash by the tidy bins throughout the week, then set the shredding, you must call 552-3110 to
end of this year, or face steep fines from them out for easy pickup.”
(Continued on page 11)
the state - as much as $10,000 per day. With that in mind, here are some simple
Hiddenbrooke Political Committee was formed on
Jan 20th by 17 Hiddenbrooke residents. The next meeting
is Feb. 17th. Call Jim Libien, Chair, (554-0226) or Paul For the ULTIMATE in
Norberg, Treasurer (552-5145) for details. Dues are $100
to participate and speak at meetings.
Satisfying Your Real
Disclaimer: The goal of Neighbors is to provide residents
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information provided in this newsletter.
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Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
Pro Shop Tee Times 558-1140
Happy New Year! Grille
558-0330 x 217
558-0330 x 248
As your neighbors we were pleased to Membership Info 558-0330 x 208
sponsor the free Santa photo session Catering 558-1153
and holiday carolers at Brunch with Santa.
Triad Communities 557-1184
Hiddenbrooke is our home
and our aspiration is to build bonds within our Azevedo Farms (cows out) 552-9967
community. Welcome Center 558-9697
Please consider us for your next real estate or mortgage City of Vallejo Web Site www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/govsite/
transaction. Abandoned Vehicles 648-4682
Call Melinda at 707-557-5936 or General Information 648-4469
Call Desiree at 707-749-6387 Nimat Shakoor-Grantham 648-4522
Illegal Dumping 648-4469
Weed Abatement (Fire Dept) 648-4565
Fire – Non-Emergency 648-4526
Fire – Emergency 911
Fire – Emergency from a cell phone
in Vallejo 552-3285
Hiddenbrooke Maintenance District (HMD)
make an appointment. (broken sprinklers, landscape issues in common areas)
Jeanine Perasso-Kaczmarczyk 553-7219
Extra Garbage: Vallejo Garbage Co. will pick up extra gar-
bage, but you must call the day before (551-3110) to schedule Emergencies after 6PM/Weekends 648-4315
the pick up on your regular garbage day. The cost is $5.60 per Humane Society/Animal Control
garbage can or plastic bag. Lost or Injured Animals 645-7906
Dead Animals on Street 552-3110
Recycle: In addition to your two recycle bins, you can put out
an unlimited amount of sorted recycle stuff but the containers (Answering machine) 552-0221
can be no larger than your bin. They will also take shredded
SBC – Phone Out of Order 611
paper in paper bags, which are marked “Shredded Paper” and
Order Phone Books 1-800-848-8000
are taped shut. We have found that we can cut down on the
amount of regular garbage by separating the cardboard into a PGE – Power Outages 1-800-743-5000
small box and putting out a box each week.
Police – Non-Emergency 648-4321
Neighborhood Watch 648-5262
Orlando & Beth’s Public Works
Dog Boarding, Walking, Daycare & More! Street Light Repair 649-5413
Pot Hole Repair 648-4556
Vallejo Garbage –Garbage Service 552-3110
707-656-0056 Recycling Center 552-3174
Curbside Recycling 644-2413
Highly reputable, caring alternative
Water Emergencies 648-4313
to kennels. Daily activities to fit your dog’s needs.
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17 Thurs Hiddenbrooke Political Committee
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Contributors To This Issue: 17 Thurs St. Patrick’s Day Buffet at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
20 Sun HRGC Golf Tournament
Bob Sampayan, Paul Norberg, Elizabeth
27 Sun Easter Brunch at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
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