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Springs Splash - Tom Martin

Springs Splash

Agua Caliente – Boyes – El Verano – Fetters

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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - March 2017 - Thomas Martin
March 1, 2017
by Tom Martin

From Lost Kitties to Politics, Springs Residents Stay In Touch!

On January 28 twenty residents gathered at the Sonoma Library to greet and meet. Kathryn Page drew the group together by e-mail on the website, “Nextdoor Boyes Hill.” Kathryn encouraged local residents to participate in a non-political neighbor to neighbor gathering. Twenty people joined together around the table. For the most part they were strangers to one another. 

 

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Board Approves Private Sewer Ordinance in Sonoma Valley Board Approves Private Sewer Ordinance in Sonoma Valley
February 1, 2017
The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (District) approved a sewer lateral ordinance aimed at preventing sewer overflows that occur during heavy rains.
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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - February 2017 - Thomas Martin
February 1, 2017
by Tom Martin

Since Sonoma County is developing a “Springs Specific Plan” (2018) to spruce up the area, it seems appropriate to reflect on the Springs in “the good old days.” To assist in this endeavor, two long time residents walked this writer around the Springs identifying buildings, vacant lots, and monuments that fostered a different lifestyle than we experience today. My walking guides were local artist Patrick McMurtry who was raised in the Springs and author and artist Michael Acker who has chronicled the changing history of Sonoma’s one-time central attraction, the warm natural springs waters.  

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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - January 2017 - Thomas Martin
January 4, 2017
by Tom Martin

Heads Up! Changes are coming to the Springs in 2017! 

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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - December 2016 - Thomas Martin
November 25, 2016
by Tom Martin

Still reeling from the election blues, residents attended a Springs Community Alliance meeting on Thursday (11/10/16) at the Charter School to learn about a proposed new development along Highway 12. It’s a planned takeout restaurant at property formerly owned by Steve Lanning Construction. It’s across the street from Armando’s Garage and the planned Plaza. 

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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - November 2016 - Thomas Martin
October 26, 2016
by Tom Martin

Vote, Tuesday, November 8!

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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - October 2016 - Thomas Martin
September 28, 2016
by Tom Martin

Thoughts, Feelings, and Insights…

“Live In The Springs?” Local Residents Express Themselves!

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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash -September 2016 - Thomas Martin
September 1, 2016
by Tom Martin

Mark Your Calendar – September 10! The Springs Festival!

Supervisor Susan Gorin and a cast of hundreds invite residents and visitors to attend “The Springs Festival” on Saturday, September 10. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at the Boyes Plaza Center celebrating the completion of Highway 12 construction.

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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - August 2016 - Thomas Martin
August 1, 2016
by Tom Martin

Community Members Gather to Propose and Plan!

In late July over sixty (60) Springs residents met at the Charter School with County representatives and personnel from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to further discuss ideas to be included in the Specific Plan for the Springs Community.

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Note Taking by Students Youth Education Docents Needed at Quarryhill Botanical Garden
June 29, 2016
Quarryhill is a 25-acre woodland botanical garden nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, featuring over 20,000 wild-origin plants in a naturalistic setting. It is not only a modern-day ark of rare and beautiful plants, but a place where education and conservation are at the heart of their mission and run as deep as the tranquil ponds and seasonal waterfalls that flow through.
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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - July 2016 - Thomas Martin
June 29, 2016
by Tom Martin

The long awaited plans for a new restaurant at 15 Boyes Blvd. are working their way through the approval process at the County Permit Resource and Planning Department (PRMD). On June 22 the plans drafted by local architect Adrian Martinez were presented to the Sonoma Valley Community Advisory Commission. Since this was after press time it is unknown what action the Commission took. 

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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - June 2016 - Thomas Martin
May 27, 2016
by Tom Martin
From dawn ‘til dusk Highway 12 bustles with construction as workmen flash “slow down” flags at drivers, and local business people endure temporary driveways to their establishments. From Siesta Drive to Agua Caliente Road - what will one see when the projects are completed? How will this major transformation affect the quality of life for current residents? Let’s talk about these projects…
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Supervisor Susan Gorin Supervisor Susan Gorin for 1st District Sonoma County Supervisor
May 26, 2016
Thank you to all of you who supported my election as 1st District Sonoma County Supervisorfour years ago. And this year, I ask for your vote once again because of the important issues we are working on together. 
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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - May 2016 - Thomas Martin
May 1, 2016
by Tom Martin

Northbay county readers find articles everyday detailing stories about the housing crisis. Whether it is a daily like the Santa Rosa Press Democrat or Marin I-J, or local community paper like the Sonoma IT, Sonoma Sun, Healdsburg Tribune or the Russian River Times articles abound on affordable housing, housing availability, tenant rights, evictions, high rents, and homelessness.

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Celebrate Earth Day at Quarryhill Botanical Garden Celebrate Earth Day at Quarryhill Botanical Garden
April 1, 2016
Quarryhill Botancial is very passionate about the environment, so it is only fitting that they celebrate Earth Day in a very big way! Join in the celebration on Saturday, April 16th from 11am- 3pm. This is a family event – all ages are welcome. Admission is free but to encourage carpooling, a parking fee of $5 per car, cash only, will be collected.  
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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - April 2016 - Thomas Martin
March 3, 2016
by Tom Martin

Boulevard Saint-Germain or Greenwich Village?

Springs Community Alliance learns about Plaza and Planning!

Lois Fisher, Town Designer, recently addressed the Springs Community Alliance about design principles when imagining changes in the Springs . Ms. Fisher served on the Windsor Planning Commission helping to guide that community’s early development. She participated in restructuring areas of Petaluma, Ukiah, and Cotati.   

 


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Docents Needed at Quarryhill Botanical Garden Docents Needed at Quarryhill Botanical Garden
March 1, 2016
Quarryhill is a 25-acre woodland botanical garden nestled in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, featuring over 20,000 wild-origin plants in a naturalistic setting. It is not only a modern-day ark of rare and beautiful plants, but a place where education and conservation are at the heart of their mission and run as deep as the tranquil ponds and seasonal waterfalls that flow through.
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Sonoma 9 Cinemas Sonoma 9 Cinemas May be Closing
March 1, 2016
Sonoma 9 Cinemas may be closing soon as papers have reported. We need to save it now!
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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - March 2016 - Thomas Martin
March 1, 2016
by Tom Martin

Housing Crisis Generates Open Letter Seeking Public Hearing

Will the City Council listen and act on the issue of affordable housing? That’s the question the authors of an “Open Letter” asked the Council. 


 

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Springs Splash - Thomas Martin Springs Splash - February 2016 - Thomas Martin
February 1, 2016
by Tom Martin

Springs Community Grieves for Postmistress Kathy Gerletti

Why did people use the tiny U.S. Post Office in El Verano, when services existed closer to home? It is because Postmistress Kathy Gerletti was special. She was more than the Postmistress. Kathy was the impresario who changed a visit to the post office into community theater. 

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