"AROUND SUNOL" by VICTORIA CHRISTIAN


October 11, 2004

The Sunol Glen School Walkathon held on October 2 was again a huge success. New to Sunol Glen, this was 7th grade teacher Jennifer Lum's first Walkathon; she says, "The Walkathon was a great way to bring the community together. Parents, students, teachers, and even previously graduated students enjoyed the event. I liked how the event showed what a strong family Sunol Glen is, the event was completely run by parent volunteers" And on teaching at Sunol Glen Jennifer says "I love how Sunol is such a 'family' community, the parent involvement within the classroom and in various school programs strengthens the connection between the school and it's surrounding community. The staff and family involvement and support have made working at Sunol Glen such a pleasure. Even before school started, I was welcomed with open arms into the 'family'".

Also new to the school this year is 6th grader Kyle Bachand. Kyle's dad Steve Bachand said, "It's a great event for a good cause, a lot of fun. What was really great was that they have lap treats to help motivate the kids".

I arrived just in time to observe Sunol's Department of Forestry hosing down the kids. Yes that's right, it's another much loved Sunol Glen School tradition. After walking for hours in the hot sun, the students are treated to a refreshing spray of water from the fire department. And I don't know who loved it more, the kids or the fireman. It's a delight to see both parties screaming in laughter. Fireman Joe Mackey says "It's a lot of fun for the kids, they love it". It took two fire trucks approximately 6 minutes to unload a total of 1,000 gallons of water on the students. Handling the hoses this year were Firemen, Josh Flores and Nathan Terrell. "It's just fun. I did it last year too" said Nathan.

Sunol's Town Hall meeting last Wednesday was attended by a small but concerned group of citizens regarding local traffic hazards. Concerns ranged from, of course, speeding on three of our towns most popular streets, Kilkare, Foothill and Main, to out of town commuters zipping through town during rush hour. Addressing all of our concerns were California Highway Patrol Officers, John Soto and Greg Ferrero. Speaking on behalf of Alameda County Public Works Traffic Engineer Bob Preston, Officer Soto also presented future improvements to local streets and to Highway 84, which goes right through town.

Officer Soto also made suggestions to the citizens regarding specific speeding problems on the south end of Kilkare Road. A similar Town Hall meeting regarding local traffic concerns was held last year and Officer Soto said he decided to organize this Town Hall meeting because of all the citizen complaints that he was receiving regarding the traffic. Officer Soto is very eager to help with all traffic issues in Sunol and can be reached at the non-emergency phone number of
925-828-0466.

Long time Sunolians, Adrienne and Lowell Hoxie are proud to announce the marriage of their son, Jason Hoxie to Nicole Kenning. The couple was married at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at the Oakland Temple on September 25 and makes their home in Sunol. Adrienne said they are also looking forward to another wedding soon as daughter Megan Hoxie marries Allan Erickson on November 6 also at the Oakland Temple. And this growing family will soon welcome another addition to their family when Adrienne and Lowell's daughter Erin and husband John Amundsen expect the arrival of their second child in May 2005. Go Hoxies!

Attention Sunol residents-flu shots will be available to the community on Thursday at the Sunol Glen School cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $25.

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