June 4, 2007

Welcome to the new Sunol Glen School Superintendent/Principal, Molleen Barnes! Principle Barnes will officially begin her tenure on July 1, 2007 but was on hand last week at the school’s Open House to greet parents and eager students. Molleen comes to Sunol Glen with quite a bit of educational experience, from High School teacher and High School Vice-Principal in Fremont to Middle School Principal in Brentwood.

Molleen currently lives in Brentwood with her husband Mark and two sons, Dalton and Conor. She previously lived in Fremont and looks forward to moving back to the area.

The Sunol Community Park was previously maintained by the Pacific Locomotive Association and the Sunol Business Guild until a group of volunteers, Friends of the Park, stepped forward to take over maintenance duties. The park is open to the public but only Sunol residents or Sunol non-profit groups may reserve the park for events. The park offers picnic tables, a lawn area and bocce ball court.

The Friends of the Park group is holding an old-fashioned fence raising on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at the Sunol Community Park. This gathering is open to the entire community and they are looking for volunteers for assembling fence panels, cement mixing, post hole digging and fence setting. A potluck will follow at noon, so bring a dish to share, drinks and utensils. The Friends of the Park will hold their next meeting this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Sunol Train Depot.

For an extra special Fathers Day, take your Dad for a ride on the Niles Canyon Railway. The Bay Area Garden Society will be on hand to display their model trains that day as well. Also, there are only two more Wildflower Train Sundays where you will be able to do a little wine tasting on board. Murrieta’s Well Winery will be pouring this Sunday and Wente Vineyards will be pouring on June 17.

Speaking of train rides, “only in Sunol’ can the entire Sunol Glen School student body walk just to the other end of Main Street and board the Niles Canyon Railway train for a school wide field trip. That’s exactly what they did last week.

Thank you Sandi Bohner for the recent update; Little Valley Vineyards recently won an award for Best Special Beverage for their California Raspberry Champagne at a food and wine tasting benefit for Kidango, a local children’s program held on April 29 in Fremont. Little Valley also placed in the red wine division and Sandi says, “We will be releasing our new 2004 Cab soon.”

Remember the movie that was filmed in Sunol last summer called “The Confessional”? Well, after a year in post-production it has been completed and I’ve been told it’s a fantastic movie. Director James Anthony Cotton said, “It’s really good, it’s going to be a real Hitchcock classic.” Lucky Sunol residents will be able to preview the movie at a special screening in town hopefully this summer. Sunolians watch your mailboxes for more information and check out the movie’s website, www.theconfessionalmovie.com.

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