Hello neighbors!

Welcome once again to the on line home of the Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association. August is here and we've started it off with a bang! Let's enjoy the last few weeks of summer before they're gone.

Next LVNA General Meeting: September 10th

We're working on some hot topics for our next General meeting. Please check the Next LVNA Meeting tab for details.

LVNA receives check for Dumpster Day Donation Drive from Goodwill of Silicon Valley

Representatives of Goodwill of Silicon Valley presented a check for $2,841.78 to the Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association at the Sunnyvale City Council meeting held on August 26th. The check was accepted by LVNA 2nd Vice President Pat Muniz and LVNA President Fred Fowler.

Ryan Gleqson, Director of Operations for Goodwill, said:

On behalf of our entire organization, please accept my sincere thanks for partnering with Goodwill of Silicon valley on the Donation Drive fundraising event. As a result...we were able to successfully collect over sixteen thousand pounds of donations in one day! Your contributions support a vital revenue stream that sustains our programs which provide essential job-development services for thousands of local residents in our community and ensure increased landfill diversion through our repurposing and recycling efforts.

Fred Fowler thanked the City of Sunnyvale and Specialty Solid Waste and Recycling for making Dumpster Day possible, and thanked Goodwill for sponsoring their Donation Drive program.

West Nile Virus in Lakewood Village?

Our neighbor Bonnie Smietanowsak sent me this e-mail:

Hi Fred. FYI- There was a dead crow or raven in front of my house at the curb last week, so I contacted Vector Control. State of CA called me and instructed me how to bag the bird for pickup, and they picked it up in a few hours. We got a call this week that the bird tested positive for West Nile Virus. They'll now set out insect traps and plan for fogging our neighborhood if there's a high risk. The rain this morning and humidity is not helping. Here's more on the subject--(click here) (or here)

Let's remember that West Nile Virus is no laughing matter. If you find any dead birds, please notify the Santa Clara County Vector Control District. You can report dead birds online at http://www.sccvector.org.

Have you ever thrown a party, but nobody showed up?

That happened to Dawn Haddaway and me on August 13th. That was the day we tried to kick off a new Daytime LVNA meeting. The idea is to give people a chance to take part who cannot make it to our normal Wednesday evening get-together.

Dawn and I announced in the August newsletter that we would be at the playground area in Lakewood Park on August 13th at 10:00am. We invited everyone interested in having a daytime LVNA meeting to stop by and talk with us about it. Unfortunately, no one did...

Dawn and I (and the LVNA board) have decided to try again. We think the idea of making the LVNA available to everyone in the neighborhood is too important to give up on just yet.

Watch this space for information about the date, time and location of our next daytime meeting attempt. I hope to see at least some of you there ;-)

National Night Out/Hot August Nights, is a BIG SUCCESS

I'm writing this the day after our first "Hot August Nights" car show, and it couldn't have gone any bettter! We had almost 30 of the coolest cars you've ever seen stop by. We had great music provided by Idol Hands. Best of all, I met and talked to many of you who I hadn't seen in many years! Lakewood Village really turned out for the event, and that helped make it a very special evening indeed.

Our event was held as part of National Night Out, a nationwide event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The purpose of the event is to get neighbors out or their houses and doing things together once a year. The idea is to "take back the night" from not-so-pleasant elements in the community and get neighbors to stake a claim in their community. Judging by the number of people who came out last night, our event worked! A great time was had by all.

There are lots of people to thank! Many thanks to:

  • The band Idol Hands who came and played great music for us just for the asking.
  • Joel Wyrick of the Sunnyvale Downtown Association who provided the stage and sound system.
  • Specialty Solid Waste and Recycling and its general manager Jerry Nabhan who generously sponsored the stage and sound system.
  • John Shaw who helped get the cool LVNA Banner printed and delivered with very little lead time.
  • Lakewood Shopping Center General manager Stan Yee who gave us permission to use the shopping center parking lot.
  • Mona's Fruits and Food catering truck who supplied great fruit cocktails, hot dogs and tacos.
  • Allstate Insurance, Instyle Salon, Curry Bhavan Indian Restaurant, Stevens Philly Cheesesteaks, Lakewood Dentist, Tasman Square Dentist, and City101 for supplying bags and discount coupons as "thank you" gifts for the classic car drivers.
  • United Site Services and A Tool Shed for giving us deals on the rental of a porta-pottie and 30 traffic barricades.
  • Lakewood Shell Station for allowing us to power the sound system from their electrical outlets.
  • The Sunnyvale Amateur Radio Emergency Service (SARES) for helping direct traffic, check in classic cars, perform safety patrols and break down the site after the event was over.
  • The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety for supplying a fire truck, two motorcycles and a number of uniformed officers for the event.
  • LVNA board members Dess Tamez, Wendy Stanley and Pat Muniz for their tireless work to help nail down a myriad of event details.
  • LVNA board secretary Phyllis Fowler who had the idea for "Hot August nights" in the first place.
  • Special thanks to Eli Haddaway, son of Dawn Haddaway, for his hard work helping to set things up at the beginning of the event and to clean things up at the end.
  • Very special thanks to all of the owners of all of those great cars! Thanks for bringing them out for the rest of us to enjoy!

We got lots of cool pictures of the event (and even a video). To see them, check out our Facebook Group page: Lakewood Village LVNA

Once again I would like to ask for feedback about this new LVNA website. Please let me know what you think! Send me e-mail at fmfainc@gmail.com with your thoughts and ideas and/or profound philosophical observations. I'll post the best of them on the site and we can have a dialog.

I look forward to hearing from you!


(Fred Fowler, President, Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association).

PS: Click this link to get a .pdf version of The Villager.