High Street Neighborhood News

by Adelle Foley

Paving the Way

Jerry Scheberies and some of his memorabilia. Photo by Dal Sellman.

Basketball enthusiasts will be playing on upgraded courts at Brookdale Park, thanks to a $20,000 grant from Sprite and The National Recreation and Park Association. Recreation Center Director Rich Bolecek told me that the courts will be resurfaced—for the first time in over a decade—and new hoops and backboards will be installed this summer. Brookdale is one of the sites providing free lunch to youngsters. Anyone up to age 18 can get lunch on Tuesday through Friday from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. through August 17. (For other sites, google “summer free lunch Oakland.”)

Talking about repaving, kudos to Oakland Public Works for the excellent resurfacing of Brookdale from High to Monticello and 42nd Ave. from International Blvd. to Foothill. I’m especially delighted because I use both streets on my way to and from Fruitvale BART.

The Bad, the Good and the Smoky

Courtland Creek Park has had a mixed early summer. Community members noticed an increase in dumping—from dressers to rugs and other household items—and reported that the bollards, short posts used to keep unauthorized vehicles out of the park, had been removed from Brookdale and Fairfax. Thanks to Rosetta Egan’s persistence Public Works’ Joseph Marsh got the word to the right place, and Wes Ramsey’s Buildings and Maintenance crew closed off the pedestrian path. Then, on July 6 Brenda Cooper was walking her dogs down Brookdale and noticed smoke coming from Courtland Creek Park. She knocked on Rosetta’s door and they called the Oakland Fire Department, which put out two fires. The Fire Captain remarked that the neighbors were lucky that July 6 was relatively cool. Rich Bolecek told me that the last fire in the park was on the day of the Oakland Hills firestorm almost 22 years ago.

Farewell Scheberies

It’s sad to say good-bye to a neighbor. Jerry Scheberies is closing the used car business that has been in his family since February 4, 1942. Jerry began helping his father when he was in school and always enjoyed the work. He’s particularly proud that they were in business for 70 years without spending a day in court. His satisfied customers, some dating from a half century ago, came by to wish Jerry well. He plans to concentrate on his collection of gasoline memorabilia, and may even find another occupation.

August at Melrose Branch

Summer programs and special events at Melrose Branch Library span the generations. The Oakland Community Art Project (Wednesday/Thursday), the free lunches, and the Saturday programs wind down as the school year begins. Closing off the season on August 25 at 3:30 p.m. will be the Rocha Jazz Quartet, a treat for all ages. Call the branch at 535-5623 for details.


He shuffles toward me

Bellows curses, stops, and adds

“But we’re all angels”


You can reach Adelle Foley at jandafoley@sbcglobal.net.