Archive for November, 2015



Pat Pizzo instructs the crew

On a cool, frosty morning, November 28th, volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 262 and the SJ City Adopt-a-Park program, converged on planting projects begun by the Scouts over the last three to four years. Their main objective was to replace the plants lost to the drought and/or vandalism, and to clean-up the project. Several drought resistant plants were planted, weeds were pulled, and in general, the area was made clean once again. Thanks to Scout Troop 262, District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, volunteers from Holy Spirit School in San Jose, the J.F. Kennedy middle school in Cupertino and for all the others. None of this would be possible without the direct involvement of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association. Thanks to Patrick Pizzo, and MFPA President, Linda Wilson, for coordinating the effort.

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Photos by Councilmember Johnny Khamis and Sunny Wagstaff

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Help us plant Milkweed for the Monarch habitat

Monarch butterflies on a blazing star by Al Batt.

Monarch butterflies on a blazing star by Al Batt.

Saturday,  Dec 5th at 9:30 am, we will be adding to the monarch habitat by extending the planting at the west end of TJ Martin Park. Please join us near the turn at Fleet St. to spend about one hour planting more habitat for the monarch butterflies. Bring a shovel and gloves, milkweed will be there ready for the planting. With the recent rains the soil is fairly soft and the planting should go quickly. The project will complement and extend a monarch trail from Oak Canyon eastward through our parks to provide a habitat trail for the butterfly population.

Map of location

Former District 10 Councilwoman Nancy Pyle suffers near fatal heart attack

TJ Martin Park 5-28-11

Shown in this photo in May of 2011 are from left to right, Pat Wagstaff, Joy Stevens, Nancy Pyle, Mike Thompson, and Larry Sasscer.

According to the Nov 6th Almaden Times, “Former Almaden District 10 councilwoman Nancy Pyle is resting in the hospital after suffering a near fatal heart attack during a luncheon Friday October 30 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.”

Back in July of 2013 she had surgery to remove a Carcinoid on her lung. She said the surgery went well but after surgery she suffered serious heart problems.

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Fall Planting in TJ Martin Park Completed

Thanks to Martin-Fontana Parks Association Vice President Larry Sasscer and a crew from Parks, Recreation, Neighborhood Services led by Jose, 26 additional native plants were added to the large chipped area in west TJ Martin Park.

Larry's plainting Nov 2015

Poles in the picture are for native grape plants.

Funds to purchase the plants were provided MFPA.  Thanks for a job well done, guys!