PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE, APRIL 2017
Spring is here. Ok, officially it began on March 20th, so we are a few weeks into it already. Of course, with this year’s weather patterns it is hard to remember right now that this is typically the time of year when transformations occur; trees bud and bloom, plants break through the surface, animals start venturing out more (at least my two Boston’s are more eager to go for a walk than they have been the last couple of months) and for the most part, the days are getting more hours of light and are warmer. I was careful there to not say the days are getting longer because though I may wish it so, days are still only twenty-four hours long – sometimes not long enough!
Despite the weather, we are seeing transformations in our community. The new on-ramp to I-80 at El Portal drive is finally open. Construction is happening, between storms, on the Dam Rd. at the Park Pharmacy building, soon to house up to three new businesses. New housing is going up on Appian Way. Somewhere Else, a new Sports Bar behind the Four Corners Restaurant has opened. Across the street a new flooring store is going in. (April Business of the Month.)
On a small scale, transformations are happening in our community. “Spring cleaning” marks the end of winter and the preparation for the coming months. Coworkers in my office are cleaning out old files and desk drawers, preparing for the coming season and the work ahead. Homeowners and residents are cleaning up as well, getting rid of unwanted items and airing out their homes after a long, wet winter. I’d bet you’ve done or plan to do some Spring Cleaning yourself.
The Chamber, the Elks Lodge and SPAWNERS will be sponsoring our Annual EARTH DAY Creek and Community Clean up on Saturday, April 22 from 9:30 -12:30 pm. You will find details about this event within this newsletter. SPAWNERS have been the stewards of our creek for many years and the Chamber is happy to work together with them and you, to help keep our community clean.
We also support and thank the volunteers of the Green Team, a group of community volunteers who come out to help keep litter picked up along San Pablo Dam Rd. You’ll see the volunteers picking up trash, wearing the bright yellow-green vests on any given weekend. Honk and wave your thanks, and ask them or call the chamber office if you would like to volunteer to help.
Finally, Citizens for a Greener El Sobrante (C4AGES) is working on a plan to add more green areas to the downtown. Adding plant life to the urban landscape helps with air quality as well as the aesthetics of the landscape. Watch for more information from these volunteers as well.
If you have an idea or suggestions, you can contact me by phone at the Chamber office, 510-223-0757, or email at email@example.com.
HAPPY EARTH DAY!,