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SAN TOMAS WEST
Neighborhood Association
SAN TOMAS WEST
Neighborhood Association
STWNA collected a very large amount of donations on Saturday December 5th at the 3rd
annual “Sharing, Caring and Giving” event.  Approximately 85 jackets, coats and sweaters,
and 15 blankets went to Sacred Heart Community Service (in partnership with Operation One
Warm Coat).  Two collection barrels of food for Second Harvest Food Bank were filled and
added to the Payne School collection.  About 30 large bags of clothing and 4 boxes of
toiletries were delivered to InnVision.  Two large collection boxes and 4 bags of shoes (about
100 pairs) were collected and will be shipped to Soles4Souls.  And, our four legged friends
were not forgotten either!  A whole carload of blankets, towels, bedding, pet food and toys was
delivered to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.  Folks who were dropping items off were
also able to participate in our “cookie exchange”, by taking a few and leaving a few.  It was a
great to see so many show up with their donations!   
Thank you from STWNA!
First, thank you to all the people that participated in the river Clean-up. To clean up our newly
adopted section of the San Tomas Creek way there were thirteen volunteers. Thank you to
Adam, Chris, Cayla, Romola, Brian, Chuck, Eric, Monica, Erin, Tony, Ingrid and Elizabeth.
Together we have made a difference.   Our group of volunteers picked up 165 pounds of
trash. There were some interesting items such as a Harley Davidson chain guard, some bike
tires and a hypodermic needle.

The event was held on Saturday, May 15 and we were organized through the Santa Clara
Valley Water District. There were 1,068 people in groups ranging in size from 3 to 110
volunteers that participated in Santa Clara County. Together we cleaned up 66.5 miles of
rivers and waterways. A total of 29,098 pounds of trash and 6,394 pounds of recycling was
picked up and disposed of properly.

Some of the interesting items reported found throughout the county during the clean-up were:
a novel, a futon, downspout, fire extinguishers, computer monitors, tires, a spear, medicine
ball, chalk board easel, comforter, car seat, microwave ovens, shopping carts, tent, sleeping
bag, chairs, circuit board, garbage disposal, duck decoy, BBQ, car axle, bike wheel, scooter,
construction debris, golf balls, yield sign, air gun, dog house, pool cover, beaded curtains,
Coach purse, lamp, road markers, a packed suitcase, dentures, Harley Chain guard (that was
our group!!), recycling bins, a bed, a bicycle, brake cables, shoes, fishing line, a ladder, TV
and a syringe inside a vodka bottle.  

Thank you again to all who participated and if you want to come out join us for lots of fun and
help us clean OUR San Tomas Creek way, mark down National Coastal Clean-up Day
(September 25,  2010) on your calendar
STWNA Volunteers Clean San Tomas Creek-Way for
National River Cleanup Day 2010
STWNA 3rd Annual Sharing, Caring and Giving Event,
A Huge Success!!!
The STWNA continues to make a difference in our neighborhood!
Nearly 300 neighbors joined the festivities for our Third Annual STWNA Block Party on
Saturday, June 26.  On hand to greet the revelers and helping to make the event a success by
generously donating their time was the “Shark” fire truck and San Jose Fire Department
Station 14 as well as San Jose & Campbell Police, the Silicon Valley Ambulance crew and the
SJ Mounted Equestrian Unit.  

The day started early for the Block Party Committee.  The barbeque was set up, the jumper
arrived, tables and chairs were put under the shade trees and pop up tents went up along with
the temperature.  Guests arrived early and stayed late, several helping with the cleanup. The
children thoroughly enjoyed the face painter and balloon twister in between time in the jump
house.  Even a handful of adults took their turn in the jumper.  The water balloon toss was fun
for all ages and very refreshing after the day in the sun.

Guests feasted on delicious desserts and a variety of side dishes served with the hamburgers,
hot dogs, and polish dogs.  A big “THANK YOU” goes to Sonic Wall for donating the use of
their gi-normous (gigantically-enormous) barbeque.  Our neighbor, Oakmont Produce, located
at the corner of Darryl & Hamilton, generously donated sweet and juicy watermelon along with
the tomatoes, onions and lettuce for the burgers and dogs.

The Block Party Committee is grateful to our friends and neighbors who brought a yummy side-
dish to share, to all those who volunteered to help with the event and to everyone who
attended the 2010 STWNA Block Party.  You all made this a great community social event and
showed that the old fashioned definition of Neighborhood is not gone.
STWNA 3rd Annual Block Party ~ An Event to Remember