High Street Neighborhood News
by Adelle Foley
The sign goes in for planting at Horace Mann School on April 25. Photo by Adelle Foley.
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' After many months without a Children's Librarian, Melrose Branch is happy to welcome Rachel Spalding, who has joined the staff in a part-time capacity. You can meet Rachel at the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and hear her at story time from 10 a.m. to noon on both days.'
Vick Vickers would like to bring back the Book Club. If you are interested in reading and discussing books give him a call at 535-5623 or drop by at Foothill and 48th Ave.
' When I checked in at the Boys & Girls Club's Anna Marie Whalen Branch, Mary Wilson and Manager Chris Longwood reported with pride that club member Jeffrey Scott was selected as a runner-up citywide for the Youth of the Year award. Jeffrey is a 17-year-old junior staff member and student at the College Prep and Architect Academy.'
Contestants are judged on community service, commitment to the club, moral character, and achievement in high school, and must be in their final year in the program. Chris also told me that their branch had gained support from Oakland's Youth Employment Partnership, which provided funding for three junior staff members.
There will be plenty of opportunity to join your neighbors, rain or shine, and beautify our community. On Saturday, April 18, the Courtland Creek contingent will meet at the Brookdale entrance to the park at 9 a.m. to prune, weed, and compete for the most unusual treasure uncovered from the creek. The Maxwell Park team will meet the same day at Walgreens parking lot on Redding and Courtland, where their monthly efforts resulted in a bumper crop of daffodils. Beautification Day at Horace Mann School will be April 25 at 9 a.m. The Melrose-High Hopes NCPC, students, parents, and Horace Mann staff will meet at Congress at Ygnacio to transform the barren hillside into five Mediterranean gardens. Bring your gloves, hats, and energy.
' Michael Johnson of Councilmember Jean Quan's office is planning to schedule training in radar guns and traffic laws. Graduates of the class must be willing to apply their knowledge by clocking traffic and logging speeders. The speed and license plates are turned over to the Oakland Police Department, which sends out letters. If you would like to join in this traffic calming effort look for an announcement.
' In this time of drought turn to East Bay MUD's website for ideas on saving water, rebates, and some great free water-conserving devices such as shower heads and hose nozzles.