As I sit here at my kitchen table early this cool,
crisp autumn morning I ponder, what should I put in my first
column? When interviewing for this wonderful position I was
told that being the small size of Sunol that there would not
be a lot of newsworthly information passed along for me to write
about, I was pretty much going to be on my own when it came
to content. Well, this columnist thinks that there will be a
wealth of information to share. I have lived in town long enough
to understand the meaning of "Only in Sunol". The
sometimes quirky yet quaint feeling you can only achieve in
a town this small. And it's amazing really the impact Sunol
has on neighboring communities. Growing up here in Sunol was
considered an honor when I attended Foothill High School, all
my Pleasanton classmates wished they could be a Sunolians too.
Still, if you mention to anyone whether it be your co-workers,
dry cleaner or tax preparer that you live in Sunol and you can
easily be in a 45-minute conversation. This Sunolian is proud
to be a part of this community and it will be a great honor
to represent this very special town.
The Grandmothers Club was busy last weekend preparing the town
for the holidays. Most of the whimsical wooden decorations you
see around town are the work of the late, Beverly Zimmerman
who was also one of the original members of the Grandmothers
of the Most Beautiful Babies Club. Beverly's group also started
the town's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony which takes
place this year on November 29 at 5:00 p.m. in the Community
Park. The Grandmas are furnishing coffee and hot chocolate and
are asking everyone who attends to bring goodies to share. And
of course Santa will be on hand to greet the little ones.
Sunol Glen Schools eighth grade class will be raffling off
a beautifully decorated Christmas tree at the Tree Lighting
ceremony to earn support for their annual trip to Washington
DC Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance from any eight-grade
student or at the park on the evening of the event.
This holiday season also brings back the 11th annual Train
of Lights, formerly known as the Polar Express. The Niles Canyon
Railway is proud to present its popular train rides through
Niles Canyon, weekends beginning November 30th. Tickets are
quickly selling out so please visit their website at www.ncry.org
for information on this brisk evening train ride.
In recognition for "exemplary dedication and performance
of the responsibilities of County Planning Commissioner",
Ario Ysit was named "2003 Commissioner of the Year"
by the California County Planning Commissioners Association
at their annual conference in Napa on November 8. This well
deserved award is an accumulation of 11 years of service as
a Commissioner. Ario was appointed to the position by the late,
former Alameda County Supervisor, Ed Campbell in 1992 and was
appointed to a second term by Alameda County Supervisor Scott
Haggerty in 1998. Ario currently serves as Chairman of the Board
of Alameda County Planning Commissioners and his term will end
in late 2004.