Archive for October, 2014

Happy Halloween!

You never know what you will see in our two parks.  Here are a couple of photos of a Turkey Vulture sitting on top of one of PG&E’s towers.  According to Joan Morris, a pet column writer for the San Jose Mercury News, “Turkey vultures are among the most energy conservation minded creatures in the animal world, designed for the slow and easy lane.

Because they are scavengers and lack the ability to kill prey, they rely on someone or something else to do it for them. Thus every calorie they expend is carefully calculated. Once they are airborne, they ride the thermals, shifting their bodies in a sort of wobble that allows them to ride the air streams, and flapping their wings only when absolutely necessary. They circle, sniffing the air in search of a whiff that will tell them lunch is served.

Taking off requires a lot of energy, so once airborne, they tend to stay there for a long time. To help with the takeoff, they sit in the sun with their wings outstretched in a posture known as a horaltic pose. Experts believe they do this to increase their body temperature after a cool night, and to dry the morning dew from their wings. They also do it to let the sun bake off any bacteria they may have picked up from a messy meal.”

Let’s hope he or she was just passing through.  The photos were taken by Linda Goytia who often takes photos of the wildlife on her walks through the parks.  Thanks, Linda, for these amazing photos.

Jeffrey Fontana Memorial October 28, 2014

The Fontana Family

From left to right, Steve Barnes, Donna Barnes, Laura Perret, Gregory Fontana, Sandy Fontana, and Kathy Rogers.


There was a large turnout for the Memorial.

Welcome and introductions were provided by Martin Fontana Parks Association President Linda Wilson along with some history of the park.  Father Angelo from the Holy Spirit Church provided the spiritual guidance.  Refreshments were hosted by the District 10 City Council Office of Councilman Johnny Khamis.  Sandy Fontana was presented with a framed collage of memorial photos.

13th Anniversary Memorial for slain Officer Jeffrey Fontana

You are Invited to the

2014 Neighborhood Memorial

Honoring Officer Jeffrey Fontana

Officer Fontana Collage

Tuesday, October 28 at 10:00 AM at the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden, corner of McAbee Road and Golden Oak Way in San Jose. Opening the Memorial will be Martin-Fontana Parks Association President, Linda Wilson. Invocation by Father Angelo, Holy Spirit Church. Hosting the event will be San Jose City Councilman Johnny Khamis from the District 10 Office and the Martin-Fontana Parks Association. Refreshments will be provided by the Council District 10 Office.

Officer Fontana was killed in the performance of his duty in our neighborhood on Oct. 28, 2001. Our park, originally Golden Oak Park, was renamed in his memory and became the Jeffrey Fontana Park. Join with the members of the Jeffrey Fontana family, friends, and our park community as we honor the memory of Officer Fontana. Bring a chair, meet the Fontana Family and express your thanks to the officers who work to keep our neighborhoods safe.

A Meeting with Mayoral Candidates Sam Liccardo & Dave Cortese

Last summer Martin-Fontana Parks Association invited both mayoral candidates to attend a Board meeting and discuss park issues with us. Councilman Liccardo responded and will be at the Villas Clubhouse at 2:00 PM on Wed. Oct. 15. We received no response from Supervisor Cortese’s campaign.
When: 2-2:45 PM, Wednesday Oct. 15
Where: The Villas at 5883 Meridian Ave.  At the main gate, enter 004 at the kiosk, then, when the gate opens, proceed through to the first right hand turn to the clubhouse.


We just learned that mayoral candidate Dave Cortese will be joining us today at the Villas to address our park issues. The first candidate, Sam Liccardo, will be with us from 2:00 to 2:30. Candidate Cortese will be with us from 3:00 to 3:30. We have given each candidate a list of questions to address on park issues. We are, by law, not allowed to endorse candidates. We are, as a nonprofit, allowed to campaign for issues that directly affect our interest, which is our parks.
Please join us to hear what each candidate has to say about our parks. This is a one issue meeting only. The candidates have been asked to address our park concerns and have a limited 30 minute window each to spend with us



Antiquated irrigation
Rodent damage
Funding for adequate time and personnel for maintenance
Requiring permit process for PG&E to cut trees
Protection of urban forest under PG&E lines
Working relationship between San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and nonprofits such as MFPA


We encourage all members to attend if your schedule permits.
Support your local neighborhood parks. if we don’t, no one will!


See what the Almaden Times Weekly had to say about Heart of the Park V

Almaden Times article 10-3 to 10-16-14

Just click on the image