Saturday, September 30, 2006

New book from Atomic Ranch puts our neighborhood on the map!

Do you know how cool the Streng Brothers modern style homes in our neighborhood are? Way cool baby! Atomic Ranch magazine has just released a new coffee table book called “Atomic Ranch, Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes” and two homes from our very own neighborhood are featured in it! Ours and Tony and Donna Natsoulas’ homes are featured in the chapters called “Pure Fun” and, “Adding Personality”. Both articles include four pages of pictures and interviews.

If you are not aware of how popular the modern style homes in our neighborhood are becoming; you need to be! The mid-century modern style is all the rage now, and our own neighborhood features some of the most sought after Streng Brothers (the builders) designs. The modern style homes in our neighborhood were designed by the famous architect Carter Sparks, who also designed homes for Joseph Eichler in the 1950’s and 60’s. Homes in our neighborhood have been featured in Atomic Ranch and other magazines, the Bee, and on HGTV. If you have yet to embrace the modern style for your mid-century modern home, consider it for your next makeover!

There are many resources around for inspiration. Here are some ideas:

The “Eichler Network” of Eichler homeowners throughout Northern California produces “CA Modern” magazine. You can see them online at:
Look for the articles featuring our Streng homes.

Atomic Ranch is a great quarterly magazine that showcases stylish ‘ranch’ and modern style homes. You can see them online at:

The new coffee table book is available at at:

For cool new modern furniture check out our own Copenhagen furniture store just up the street from us on Hemlock (just across the street from Bank of America at the corner of Hemlock and Auburn). You can see them online at:

There are other modern furniture stores around also like Scandinavia designs near Sunrise Blvd.

So take good care of your mid-century modern home as they continue to gain in popularity and value!

Tufts Street Treasures!

Stan Blois of 4986 Tufts has organized a Multi-Family Garage Sale for this weekend, Saturday Sept. 30th and Sunday October 1st from about 8am to 4pm. As of this report on Saturday afternoon, the event seems to be a great success.

There is great cool sunny weather and lots of people participating today. There are some terrific items for sale too! (I already outspent my budget on some cool finds!)

So thank you to Stan for getting this great event together.

Welcome Message

Welcome to our Neighborhood Blog!

I am starting this new blog with the hope that it will become a useful open forum for our neighborhood. We can use this blog to communicate neighborhood news, issues, concerns and events.

As an open forum, consider it yours! Feel free to contribute any topics you feel would be interesting. I will start the ball rolling by offering up a few articles to follow.

Our neighborhood, for the sake of our Neighborhood Watch Meetings consists of Damon Avenue, Creek View Way, Holyoke Way, Meckel Way, Tufts Street and the west side of Hemlock between Damon and Overbrook. We have an open invitation extended to the folks over on Overbrook Street also to join us at our Neighborhood Watch Meetings. (They had their own, well organized Watch group over there last year, but I think the organizer moved away recently so they are in transition at the moment.)

I have done a little blogging already, but like for most of us, it is still a pretty new thing to me, especially formatting pictures. So bear with me as we figure out how to use this new tool!


Carmichael Sheriff's Service Center is there for us!

You don't know where to turn for questions or advice about non-emergency neighborhood safety or crime issues?? The Carmichael Sheriff's Service Center in the Bel Air Shopping center is there for us. They have a volunteer staff who are very helpful and can answer your questions.

Our Neighborhood Watch/Sheriff's liason, Francie Fitzimmons' office is there also. Francie helps coordinate Neighborhood Watch information for this entire area.

Good to know about!

Here's the scoop:

Carmichael Service Center
4005 Manzanita AvenueCarmichael, CA 95608(Bel Air Shopping Center)916.487.4292
Public hours of operation:9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday

Here is what their web site says about it:

"The Northeast Division's two Service Centers are staffed by Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officers who are dedicated to handling specific community problems which cannot normally be addressed by patrol officers. Patrol officers are limited in the time and resources they can commit to specific problems, while POP officers utilize a unique and varied array of resources in resolving identified community problems. POP officers work in conjunction with other agencies such as fire, code enforcement, licensing, animal control and numerous others to alleviate complex neighborhood problems.

The office staff and volunteers assist the community through the organization and presentation of community meetings, helping establish Business and Neighborhood Watch programs, taking reports and providing public assistance and information at the front counters of the Service Centers. The Service Centers also provide a vacation check service for residents. Volunteers will record the dates and location and conduct the vacation checks for residents. Please contact your local Service Center for this service.

Both Service Centers are equipped with Megan's Law computers for public use. Additionally, both provide inked fingerprinting services."

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