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Forestville - The Good Life - April 2015


Forestville - The Good Life - April 2015

by Richard Naegle


There have been different opinions about whether or not a cell tower should go into the downtown area—particularly at the proposed site next to the residential Pajaro Lane, Food for Thought (which serves people with compromised immune systems), and close to Forestville School. The County staff, in issuing its recommendation to the Board of Zoning Adjustments, pointed out that federal law prohibits the County from considering any health effects related to cell transmissions. Once again, big corporations rule. Why can’t local people decide their own fate? The feds would argue that their policy is based on scientific evidence. Yet so many in Congress deny basic science (e.g. global warming, evolution, etc.). Clearly, it again is big money that prevails. All praise to the many local citizens who tried to bring reason, researched compromise, and thoughtfulness to the meeting.  

In addition, federal law requires the County to act on cell tower applications within a specific time period. It was reported at the hearing that the only two days remained in that period—i.e. no time for further study or the seeking of a better site.  How did that happen? The Board  approved the cell tower application for a 75-foot transmission tower downtown.

Town Meeting 5-3 

A Town Meeting will be held Sunday, May 3, 4-6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Forestville Elementary School. There will be an update on the progress and plans for the new Town Square and Open Space Park; Supervisor Carrillo will fill us in on County issues that effect our area; the Forestville Community Fund will report…MORE.  The Forestville Planning Association has been hosting these Town Meetings since 2002. Find out what’s going on, meet your neighbors, get involved.  “The voice never heard is the one never raised!”

Forestville Community Fund  

Call for applications: The Forestville Community Fund (FCF) is now accepting applications for cash grants for local projects that will enhance downtown Forestville and/or provide community benefit in the Forestville area (the 95436 zip code). $10,000 will be distributed this year. Established in 2007 by the Forestville Planning Association, the FCF is funded primarily by annual contributions from the Bodean Company and Canyon Rock Quarry as well as by individual donors. 

Previous grants, ranging from $500-$7,000, have been given to local organizations, ad hoc groups, non-profits, individuals, and businesses.  Applications must be submitted or postmarked by June 15. Forms can be filled out online or downloaded at; paper copies are available at Forestville Pharmacy, Bank of the West, and The Service Station. See (click the Community Fund tab) for important guidelines, further information, and a list of past projects. 

Applications are reviewed by the FCF Advisory Committee, which represents a wide range of community interests such as schools, seniors, the FPA, the Chamber of Commerce, the Youth Park, artists, and other interested citizens. It then recommends which projects to fund to the Board of the Forestville Planning Association. In evaluating grant applications, the Committee gives priority to those projects that include one or more of the following: impact the most people; can “match” dollars from other sources; involve collaboration with other groups or projects; and have a volunteer component.

Youth Park Parade     

This year’s Parade will be held on Saturday, May 30th, at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Forestville. The theme is “TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME”.  Parade categories include youth groups, commercial non-profit organizations, and individual. Entries are free and will be judged by designated judges at the review stand. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded in each category. Make a statement—join the parade! For more info and an entry form contact Leslie Zumwalt, Frame of Mind, 6671 Front Street, 887-8530, … The Parade will wend its way to the Youth Park for the annual YP Barbeque, Saturday 5/30 and Sunday 5/31 with great food, fun activities, and music to get you dancing. Don’t miss either the Parade or the Barbeque. All proceeds go to keep the Youth Park open and vibrant all year round. (Last year’s Bbq brought in a record $44,000).  

Connecting Locally  

The Forestville Planning Association (FPA) has started a new Fund Development and Grant Writing Committee. Its first organizational meeting drew 8 participants, including representatives from the Chamber of Commerce.   Its goal is to find and develop funding for the new Town Square and Open Space Park as well as for general downtown improvements. As you know, what happens in this Town happens because of volunteers, like you. If you would like to help your community in this important way, please come to the next meeting on Monday, April 6th at 5:30 at Food for Thought (meeting room), 6550 Railroad Avenue. or contact Brian Martens, The look and feel of our little village is changing. Now is a good time to get involved. 

Go to to see what else is going on in the FPA and your community—breaking news, alerts, local information, blogs.  

Forestville resident Deborah Wiig just opened The North Bay Learning Source, an online community resource where you can find local classes and workshops on a wide variety of subjects. Visit the website to find opportunities to learn something new or to promote your classes.

Deborah also reports, “I just joined a network for Forestville.  My former neighborhood in Denver very actively used this with positive results. It’s a great way to connect individuals and to communicate news of interest to people who live in the area. The website provides great tools for easy, safe and effective posting. Individuals in my neighborhood used it to find or recommend local service providers, to post goods for sale, yard sales and local events etc, but our local police station and city council person also used it to keep people informed and to respond to concerns raised by residents. It was also a place where neighbors could have conversations about local issues. These could get interesting but people tended to be respectful and considerate. The more people who sign up to use it, the more valuable it becomes.”  It seems worth checking out—I just signed up:

Bits and Pieces  

The Hollydale Community Club continues to host a “Last Sunday of the Month Community Breakfast,” 9:00 until noon. Give it a try. The menu for Sunday, April 26 features Corned Beef Hash, eggs to order, sourdough toast and fresh fruit. Real plates! Table tennis following, 1-4 pm.  …Clubhouse Spring Cleaning Day is Saturday, April 18, 9-1 (lunch provided)…Hollydale Table Tennis 1st and 3rd evenings of the month, 7-10 pm.  

Forestville Certified Farmers’ Market, at Cork’s Restaurant, will reopen Tuesday, June 2. This is the third year of the market. 

El Molino High:  free concert and fundraiser to support the ElMo Dance team—April 11, 7-11—sponsored by Aubergine and After Dark Vintage Emporium in Sebastopol. Local bands Love Handles (a little bit country, a little rock and roll), Who’s Your Daddy (decades of favorites), and Hadley Hill (A little indie, a little pop. A little folk, a little funk) will be playing from 7-11 p.m. There will be food, drinks, and a raffle. Dine, Dance, and Donate! All ages welcome!