A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN, as the saying goes, is what everybody needs, and
Sunolian Barton Stillman can proudly state he has one.
On August 16, Ohlone College will dedicate a classroom in Bart's
name to honor his long and valuable service there during more
than 30 years as a professor of Computer Studies. One of the
founders of the department, he retired in 1994, and has maintained
contacts and friendships with many of his colleagues and students.
If you would like to attend the dedication, it will be from
5:30 and 7 p.m. at the Hyman Hall Computer Science building
at Ohlone College. Congratulations, Bart!
RECYCLING UPDATE: The turn-out at the recent meeting
in Sunol about getting a recycling program going here was, shall
we say, light, but organizer Jim O'Laughlin has good
news to report anyway. Gratifying evidence that the pen is a
powerful tool, the info in this column accompanying the meeting
announcement brought Sunol a viable offer for a recycling program
from Pleasanton Garbage Service.
Jim had contacted Pleasanton Garbage Service some time ago
when he was researching options for recycling here, but they
were not in position to offer us program. Last week the company
contacted Jim to let him know the time is right. "Your
article is what got them going," Jim told me. "They
have recently hired someone to work on recycling programs and
they're ready to do something." Current customers in Sunol
will be receiving a letter sometime this month describing Pleasanton
Garbage Service's plan, which will involve no cost to the customers.
And now, I'm going to say something about showing up at meetings
organized by hard working community volunteers trying to bring
services here and/or provide opportunities for us to put in
our two cents. Good things happen when we work together. Regularly
check the bulletin board at the Sunol Post Office, check www.Sunol.net,
read this column, ask at downtown businesses, jot down the date
when a neighbor tells you about an event. Then come to the meeting,
program or event and participate. No whining without participating,
CREEK ALLIANCE ANNIVERSARY: According to ACA Director
Jeff Miller, the Alameda Creek Alliance will resume meeting
after its summer hiatus on Sunday, September 15 in Niles. In
addition to an agenda of important items, the meeting will feature
a potluck barbeque and celebration of the ACA's fifth anniversary.
Topics at the meeting will include an update on the status
of fish passage projects, moving forward with non-profit status
and selecting a Board of Directors for the ACA, initiating a
volunteer native plant propagation and re-vegetation program,
and resumption of fish rescue efforts in the lower creek this
winter. The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Dougherty
property, which is ½ mile up Niles Canyon Road from Mission
Blvd. on the north side of the road. The driveway will be marked
with an ACA sign.
The Alameda Creek Fisheries Restoration Workgroup is moving
forward on a Steelhead Restoration Action Plan, which will be
used to identify and prioritize restoration projects, secure
funding, and complement environmental review documents.
Jeff pointed out that the August issue of California Fly Fisher
has a good article on the Alameda Creek restoration, "Saving
Alameda Creek" by Tom Martens. It is available at numerous
fly fishing shops around the Bay including Fish First in Albany
and Walton's Pond in San Leandro.
TRAVEL THE INFO HIGHWAY TO SUNOL: Don't forget to check
on-line regularly at www.Sunol.net for information on
many of Sunol's organizations and businesses. Web Master Derek
Johnson recently added a link for the Little Valley Vineyard
Tasting Room and Espresso Bar. The bistro is gaining a loyal
following and regularly selling out evening music events several
times each month. There are also lots of music events at Bosco's
Bones & Brew next door in the Cerny Building, including
karaoke every Wednesday evening. You'll find the entertainment
schedules, menus and more for both establishments on-line via