Baywood Neighborhood Coffee Chat, Holiday Lights Competition, Choose Local Promotion and More!
JOIN US FOR BACKHAUS TREATS, STARBUCKS COFFEE THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 9AM-11AM, AT BAY TREE PARK
Come join your neighbors as we gather this Saturday, December 4th, 9am-11am, for our 2nd Baywood Neighborhood Coffee Chat atBay Tree Park. Our first Coffee Chat in November was so successful, we think we might have a tradition on our hands (visit our blog to s
ee more photos)! We're serving delicious Backhaus breakfast pastries and Starbucks coffee free and without a Saturday morning line:-) For energetic folks, we'll have a guided 1 - 2 mile walk around our beautiful neighborhood.
Thanks to Backhaus and Starbucks for their sponsorship...please visit their San Mateo stores. Thanks also to the generosity of our neighbors who have signed up as BOIA members. Everyone is always welcome, but joining our association at https://www.baywoodhomeowners.org/become-a-member-now will make more future events like this possible.
Bring the dogs, kids, bikes, scooters and sense of adventure! Hope to see you this Saturday, December 4th at 9am at Bay Tree Park, 150 Dartmouth Road!
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! NOMINATIONS FOR OUR BAYWOOD HOLIDAY LIGHTS COMPETITION DUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 20TH
2020 Baywood Holiday Lights Award Winner
Our Best of Baywood Holiday Lights Competition is here again! Holiday lights and decorations add a wonderful feel to our neighborhood and are a welcome reminder of the holiday season. Every June and December, a "Best of Baywood" plaque is awarded to a residence with outstanding aesthetic appeal. The December award recognizes the effort and beauty of holiday light displays.
As always, we are collecting nominations from members of the community. Please like our BOIA Facebook page to share your recommendations. You also can vote for your favorite decorated home by emailing us at email@example.com or messaging us at www.baywoodhomeowners.org.
This is a great chance to get out to walk our beautiful Baywood neighborhood! Nominations must be made by Monday, December 20th and the award will be made on Monday, December 27th. The winner will be able to display a "Best of Baywood" plaque outside their home and will receive a $100 gift certificate to the San Mateo merchant of their choice.
Looking forward to the bright lights sparkling around the neighborhood and to receiving lots of Holiday Lights nominations!
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ENHANCEMENTS AT BAYWOOD'S BUTTERFLY ISLANDS!
Hi! I'm Teresa Rose, Baywood Neighborhood Association board member overseeing Baywood's seven intersection islands.
Take a look at this butterfly photo... isn't that a cool butterfly? I found it flitting around on my backyard plants and managed to get a photo of it. Are you curious about its name? I was. ;)
The butterfly is actually pictured on one of my backyard California natives, named Diamond Heights Ceanothus, discovered right here in the SF Bay Area. And this particular butterfly is here in my yard because I have its favorite caterpillar plant growing there, Monkeyflower.
Exciting news! We've received permission from San Mateo City staff to plant California native plants and other drought tolerant plants on our islands. Not only is this needed when water is in short supply, the planting also will attract butterflies, birds, and bees, and add beauty to our neighborhood. Here’s a super website to view some possible plants:https://www.calfloranursery.com/. Go to "Inventory," and browse around. (Some possibilities could be Buckwheats, California Fuchsia, Monkeyflower, Milkweed, etc.)
So you know, we're beginning our first California native Island transformation on the Kentucky/Nevada Island. In addition it will also be adorned with the artwork of Baywood neighbor, John Sutti, and Jim Murphy. We just finished getting irrigation to the island. Watch for our progress!
Lastly, here's a recording of the recent San Mateo Arboretum Society butterfly webinar that is so wonderful you might want to watch it again and again!
Please email me if you want to get involved in this project at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can leave a message at www.baywoodhomeowners.org. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts about Baywood's Butterfly Islands!
SAN MATEO CITY UPDATES
NEW APP REWARDS CUSTOMERS FOR SHOPPING LOCAL
Along with seven other neighboring cities, San Mateo is participating in the County’s Choose Local San Mateo County program, a points-based app that rewards shoppers for supporting local small businesses. The easy-to-use mobile app enables shoppers to earn and redeem rewards automatically at hundreds of participating local businesses. Download the app for free from Google Play or the Apple Store and help support our local businesses. #ShopLocal for the holidays and help our downtown businesses recover!
THE ALAMEDA AND PARROTT TRAFFIC CALMING PROJECT IS MOVING AHEAD!
As all our Baywood neighbors know, there has been a pilot traffic calming project going on at Alameda and Parrott for several months. The project was initiated as a neighborhood priority to help slow down speeding cars and increase pedestrian safety, especially for students walking to Baywood Elementary and Aragon High School.
White batons were set up at the intersection and the curved shortcuts off of Alameda were closed off. Further adjustments were made earlier this year to facilitate safer truck and bus flow. The goal was to move from the pilot to the design phase earlier in 2021 and install a new traffic light and decorative planters to make the intersection both safer and more attractive. This was put on hold due to COVID-19 budget pressures.
The good news is that the City has identified funding to move forward with the design phase of this project in Spring 2022, with construction to begin in Summer 2022. This has been a long time coming and we will keep you updated on any and all news about this important project. Please leave any comments or questions on www.baywoodhomeowners.org and we will get them promptly to the right City staff. We will have a formal project update at our Baywood Annual Meeting in Q1 2022.
Thank you for your patience with this project and for your focus on neighborhood safety!
WINTER WONDERLAND AND ICE SKATING RINK IN CENTRAL PARK
THIS SATURDAY DECEMBER 4, 4PM-8PM
Meet your friends and neighbors in Central Park for Winter Wonderland thisSaturday, Dec. 4 from 4pm to 8 pm! We’re officially welcoming back the ice rink to our beloved downtown park. Visit our Baywood Neighborhood Coffee Chat in the morning and get ready for Winter Wonderland fun in the early evening!
This free community event includes carnival rides, dance performances, holiday music, LED games, arts and crafts, and even snow! There also will be horse and wagon rides (registration is required and can be made starting Nov. 30 for San Mateo residents or Dec. 1 for non-residents.) Visit the City's Winter Wonderland web page for more info. The San Mateo On Ice rink is open now through Jan. 9, 2022.
See you there!
PLEASE GIVE BACK TO SAN MATEO NONPROFITS DURING THE HOLIDAYS
2021 has been a difficult year for all of us. In addition to COVID-19 worries, however, many San Mateans have lost their jobs, access to healthcare, their homes and even their loved ones. This hurts all of us. San Mateo is a community that looks out for each other and we have many outstanding nonprofits that are leading the way. During this holiday season, please consider how you and your family can volunteer, donate or otherwise take action to help everyone in our community recover. With sustainable housing, affordable healthcare and food security, we can make San Mateo a better place to be for all of us. Some of the San Mateo organizations to contribute to this holiday season include:
HIP Housing (affordable, sustainable housing): https://hiphousing.org/ Life Moves (returning people to stable housing): https://www.lifemoves.org/ Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club (afterschool programs): https://www.midpenbgc.org/ Mission Hospice (compassionate care and comfort): https://www.missionhospice.org/ Samaritan House (food, shelter, clothing, healthcare): https://samaritanhousesanmateo.org/ Parca (helping people with disabilities live independently): https://parca.org/ San Mateo Police Activities League (PAL) (keeping kids on track): https://sanmateopal.org/ Vitalant (San Mateo-Vitalant blood donation drive tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 30): Schedule an appointment to donate online or call (877) 258-4825 There are many other wonderful San Mateo organizations helping to strengthen everyone in our community. Please tell us your favorites on our Facebook page so we can help spread the word and encourage everyone to get involved. From all of us at your Baywood Neighborhood Association, we wish you and yours a healthy and safe holiday season. We hope for a 2022 full of happiness for all of us!