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Our Neighborhood
Welcome To Our 2018 Board Officers
Michael Crawford, President
Michael has lived in Jefferson Park since 1992. He is currently a partner at the law firm of Mesch Clark Rothschild and was the Ward 3 City Council person from 1995-1997. 

His main goal as president will be to try and get Park Avenue redone from Speedway to Grant, and also get our neighborhood streets paved with the new bond money available from the City of Tucson.

Jefferson Park Association welcomes Michael for the  2018 term.  So much to do Michael!  We are glad you are on board!

Erin Posthumus, Treasurer
Colleen Nichols, Vice President
Erin has been a resident of Jefferson Park since 2016.  She is taking on the treasurer job after serving as co-editor of the Jefferson Park E-news and Representative for Area 3.  

She is on the Green Committee and has helped with tree plantings and the Edison parklet clean-ups.

Colleen has been a resident of Jefferson Park since 1977.  This retired school administrator is taking on the Vice Presidency job after serving as JPNA secretary last year. She enlivened the Red Tag committee by sending out letters for all loud party, loud music and red tag calls.  With the cooperation of the TPD red tag Unit and the UofA there has been a 183% drop in the number of calls from 2016 to 2017. 
Rosemary Bolza 
Joan Daniels, Executive VP
Rosemary has bravely taken on the job of recording the minutes for the JPNA meetings.  She lived on Santa Rita then spent years in several different places.  She returned to Tucson in November 2016 and now lives on Lester.  Rosemary helps on the Clean Committee.

Joan has lived on Edison Street since 1972, raised children who went to Jefferson Park and the University of Arizona.  She is a retired curriculum specialist and administrator.  She has served a three year term as JPNA president and edited newsletters for the neighborhood for 15 years.

Welcome Your 2018 Board Members - 
Area Representatives
Mary Worthen, Area 1
Jon Heine, Area 2
Laurel-Heather Milden Area 3
Mary was a registered nurse at UMC (now Banner)  for most of her 25 year career-- walking 10 minutes there and back.  She has two daughters. For fun  there's Scrabble, Dominos, reading and movies. She says she goes to  "L.A. Fitness three times a week keeping the old joints as flexible as possible." Thanks for minding our Little Free Library!  

Jon has lived in Jeff Park since 1985. He worked for the  UofA for many years teaching ESL (English as Second Language) and now works full time serving the needs of international students and scholars. 
He is  involved with the UofA  International Student Fellowship, that has a once-a-month community service project, which has involved the Jeff Park school or neighborhood many times.
Jefferson Park resident since 2003.  Laurel is retired from CODAC Health Recovery and Wellness where she was the Sr. Director of Quality Management.   She also was in landscaping and greenhouse management. She bikes, is an avid reader and works with Desert Museum as a tortoise sanctuary. She works with spay and neuter programs to help low-income pet owners get their dogs and cats spayed and neutered. Great to have you aboard!
Judy Janson, Area 4
Joanne Osuna, Area 5
Lisa Jones, Area 6
For the past three years Judy has brought refreshments and rounded up raffle donations for the quarterly meetings.  She is a manufacturer's representative and has also been an area four representative for the past three years.
Thanks for twelve quarterly meetings with food and fun!
We have been without an Area 5 Rep for quite a while-thanks for stepping in! Joanne has worked with the neighborhood assn since she retired from AZ Cancer Center.  She has spearheaded the Clean Committee and works with Tucson Clean and Beautiful for the park adoption. She is co-editor of the Jefferson Park E-news.

Lisa is a 40 year resident of Jefferson Park.  She has a background in theatre & radio/TV. She is currently on the Board of Directors for TRRG , a Precinct Committee person for the Pima County Democratic Party, our representative to  the CCRC, and serves on the Lend a Hand Board. In her spare time she makes pottery and schedules the roll-offs for JP!

Welcome Your 2018 Board -  Members at Large
Suzanne Trappman
Minnette Burges
Trish Gehlen
Suzanne's leadership has guided the JPNA for many years.  she has served as VP and area representative.  She has chaired  the nominating committee  for 4+years--a difficult job.  

Suzanne has lived in her JP home for 28 years and became active in the assn after her retirement from the Job Corp Center. In retirement she now teaches piano.  

We believe Minette gets the prize for longest residency in the neighborhood.  She remembers when the roads were dirt!  She has advocated continually for Jefferson Park, helped get R-1 zoning interpreted to eliminate mini-dorms and continues to help vision the northern boundary of Jefferson Park with a linear bike/walkway.

Trish was one of the first to cooperate and  install a water harvesting feature on Vine through the Watershed Management..  She is currently the new coordinator of "Lend a Hand" which provides services to several of our senior residents.

Trish is recently retired from the City of Tucson and already we have her at work in the neighborhood.
Joan Hall
Bob Schlanger (right) with friends and 1949 bus which used to serve JP
Want to know about Jefferson Park?..ask Joan.  She has served as president, treasurer and secretary of JPNA.  Additionally, she is chair of our very important Land Use Committee which monitors JP's Neighborhood Preservation Zone.

Her work with small loans to developing nations keeps her traveling but she still finds time to monitor the list serve and set up two JP Facebook pages.

Second to his love for all old cars is Bob's continued advocacy for the protection and enhancement of the Jefferson Park neighborhood.  

He also serves on the Land Use Committee and his expertise on city rules and regs is critical.

He also serves on the JTED board which promotes the technical skills  of high school students.
Grant Road Coalition Meeting
 Tuesday - Feb27, 6pm Ward III

Jefferson Park Neighborhood Assn 
Wednesday - February 28, 6pm, Ward III

JUST A THOUGHT...  Jefferson Park is highly dependent upon those above and many others.  I believe we could have lost the fine mix of students, retired folks and families that make our community strong.  Only because of JP volunteers does Tucson have  the definition for R-1 zoning that prevents mini-dorms.  Only because of many hours of hard work and personal donations does Jefferson Park have an historic designation, historic street signs,and a neighborhood plan with an NPZ overlay (one of only two in Tucson).  Volunteers lobbied long and hard to retain the Jefferson Park School, as a school, when TUSD closed its doors.  There is still lots to do--north and south borders as green ways, redistricting to preserve our historic status, a traffic circle to prevent flooding, vigilance and education to maintain the historic structures that make this neighbor special.

All of us have periods in our lives when we have freedom to take on other challenges--many after retirement from nine-to-five jobs.  Some of us can juggle both work and volunteerism.  It is a personal choice. We are where we are today as a community because people gave time and expertise--a little or a lot--it all added up.  Some say Jefferson Park is on the brink of becoming one of the premier neighborhoods in Tucson,  I say we already are.  And I am grateful to all the new folks who have joined the effort.                      (J. Daniels, outgoing JPNA president)
Aloha to a long time neighbor and volunteer
Alan Adler at Lend a Hand Event
Farewell Alan Adler
Alan and his wife, Albert, have lived in Jefferson Park Neighborhood many years. Unfortunately for us, they will soon be moving to Hawaii. Alan was a Director on the Lend A Hand Board. He did a wide variety of activities which helped elderly individuals -- building wheelchair ramps, doing household repairs, providing fresh fruits & vegetables twice a month, giving rides to medical appointments, etc, etc... To express his own creativity, Alan is an accomplished "wood turner," making exquisitely beautiful wooden bowls. Aloha Alan & Albert. Take with you our very best wishes!
(L. Jones)
I am especially appreciative of having a beautiful mesquite bowl from my tree and mesquite turnings that mulch my front yard.  I shall miss that creative master craftsman!
(J. Daniels)
Ways to Help Your Neighborhood
Tucson Clean and Beautiful provides pickers and bags..but not the people 
Mitigate the flooding at Cherry/Lilnden

The Clean Committee does a brisk walk (some of us meander and chat) on the east side of the neighborhood once a month to pick up litter.  If you would like to be notified of the clean-ups, ask to be added to the notification list by e-mailing Joanne Osuna at

It's a gratifying way to spend an hour -come when the spirit moves you!

The entrance to Jefferson Park on the east side is looking very nice thanks to a recent pruning by the city and the monthly visits of the Jefferson Park volunteers. Thank You!


Total donations to date: $4350
The Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc will take designated donations to the traffic circle fund.  Donations made to the non-profit are  tax-deductible and donors receive a receipt for tax purposes.  Click here to print a donation.   No amount is too small.  You may also send a check for the Cherry/Linden traffic circle to:
Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc
P.O. Box 41243
Tucson, AZ 85717

Please note on the check your designation as a traffic circle donation.
Little Free Library 
A 2017 neighborhood project. Take a walk to Lester and Vine northeast corner, look for the purple wall and pick up a book and/or leave a book.    If you have a corner and want a little free library let your association know and Jefferson Park can have more than one location!
Greening Jefferson Park
Want to green and shade your yard?
TEP customers can purchase up to two trees a year for only $5 each. There are many varieties to chose from.

Joan Hall: 990--8054 or e-mail for more information about how the Jefferson Park Green Committee can help you plant your trees.
Grant Road Update
A Linear Park becoming possible-Park to Santa Rita!
Tucson Clean and Beautiful looks over the landscape plans with neighbors
Tucson Clean and Beautiful staff, Tom Ellis and Katie Gannon, met with neighborhood representatives, Ward III staff,  and the results of the on-line survey to begin the plans for the proposed linear park from Park Ave to Santa Rita. The six landscape plans submitted by UA graduate class plus the on-line comments were considered in consult with a city engineer to determine what features were possible. Lots of details to consider. For example, the new regulations say  Decomposed Granite is no longer ADA compliant. Who knew?

Next TCB will be clarifying the steps to completing the initial requirements for a survey and preliminary grading.  What a great example of the City, the Transportation Department, RTA, and neighborhoods all working together to create a better Tucson!
(J. Daniels)
Banner Update
Construction schedule for Banner is of interest to Jefferson Park.  Changes in the traffic pattern  at Elm and construction schedules are in this power point posted to our website;   Click here  to view the power point. 
(Thank you Banner) 
Of tax preparation
Ward III Office every Saturday beginning February 3 and ending April 14.
Pima County is again teaming with United Way to offer free tax-preparation assistance to anyone with a family income under $66,000.

The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program enables taxpayers to bring in their documents, which are reviewed, scanned, and uploaded to a secure server. It usually takes about 20 minutes.  Seven to 10 days later (sometimes faster), the return is securely emailed or can be picked up at a VITA site.
No appointments necessary and it's first-come, first- served.
"Taxes can be a headache and time-consuming," Bazata said. "The United Way's Valet VITA program simplifies the process while providing the highest quality service - for free. For low-income families, using VITA means avoiding financial predators, ensuring they qualify for important tax credits, and keeping all of their tax return. That is a poverty-busting formula."
Taxpayers must bring: 
*Picture I.D. for taxpayer and spouse. Both spouses must be present to sign documents! Social Security card for EACH family member
*Proof of income, including W2s and 1099s
Picture I.D. for taxpayer and spouse. Both spouses must be present to sign documents! Social Security card for EACH family member
  • Picture ID for taxpayer and spouse. Both spouses must be present to sign documents! Social Security card for EACH family member.
  • Proof of income, including W2s and 1099s
  • Account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refunds 
  • Documentation for deductible expenses such as home mortgage interest or real estate taxes. 
  • Forms 5498-SA and 1099-SA for Health Savings Accounts and 1095A for Affordable Care Act. 
Taxpayers without the required documents cannot be assisted. 
JPNA Board Members 
Jefferson Park is divided into 6 sections.  One person from each area is a voting member of the JPNA Board. These folks are the voice for their area.  Keep them informed!

Welcome packets also available from Suzanne at 740-0575 or


Area #1 - Mary Worthen 

Area #2 - Jon Heine

Area #3 - Laurel-Heather Milden

Area #5 - Joanne Osuna

Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
Your JPNA Board:  
President, Michael Crawford
Vice President, Colleen Nichols      520- 792-2820
Ex Vice President, Joan Daniels     520-300-1980
Secretary, Rosemary Bolza                520-205-2708
Treasurer, Erin Posthumus     520-314-7883
Minnette Burges
Trish Gehlen
Joan Hall      990-8054
Suzanne Trappman    520-740-0575
Bob Schlanger

Ward III - Welcome new Councilperson
Paul Durham
Welcome Paul Durham to
1510 E Grant
and aide Nick Mahon

See Paul's e-news at:
Ward VI, Steve Kozachik is worth a read:
Important Contact Info

Report Transportation Concerns
Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk?
You can report these issues to the  Tucson Department ofTransportation  (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to
What is a code violation?
And whom do I call?
Download an information sheet approved by the City Code Enforcement Division
Tucson Neighborhood Support Network
A site listing all the neighborhoods in Tucson, and important things affecting them.
Neighborhood Support Network
Banner Construction 
and Info Line
Construction Updates on the University Campus  Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus  website  for the hospital expansion project. 
Emergency 24/7 phone number for the Banner project construction team: (520) 268-9575
UA Neighborhood Hotline 
Student Related issues can be reported to this number. 
Should not be used for 911 calls which should be directed to the TPD
24/7 available

Stay in Touch
Signing up for the E-News
Go to and click on the e-news sign-up form. Or send them this form!

Get on the List Serve!
To sign up for the neighborhood list serve  send a blank email to  
or send a request for an invitation to
Come to the JPNA Monthly Meeting

Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 6pm Ward III Office, 1510 E Grant Rd
Renew your $15 voluntary JPNA membership dues
Renew by mail (print and mail membership form) OR

CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,