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Friends of Jefferson Park Meeting: Monday, Sep 26, 6pm, Ward III Meeting Rm 
Grant Road Coalition Meeting:   Tuesday, Sep 27, 6pm Ward III Meeting Rm  
Neighborhood Assn: Wednesday
Sep 28, 6pm, Ward III Meeting 
All welcome!
Tuesday-UofA Homebuyers Help Event   
Left to Right: Colleen, Suzanne, Joanne, Chad
PROMOTING JEFFERSON PARK FOR HOME OWNERSHIPTuesday at the UA, a very successful event brought homebuyers to get mortgage assistance in buying homes in central Tucson.  

Five central neighborhoods including Jefferson Park shared information about their "hood". Realtors and mortgage companies were on hand to help prospective buyers.

"...this amazing loan program provides up to 20% or $20,000  to homebuyers who make under 92k annually, buying within the City of Tucson, and 

plan to owner-occupy for five years or more.  (the down payment/closing cost assistance is a "silent" second, no interest, no payments, and fully forgiven at the 5th year)...Major brokers are participating (VIP mortgage, Nova Homeloans, Sunstreet...) but credit unions are not.   Spread the word! "  says S. Dennis. 

Visit for more information or call 882-5591, ext. 126.  See the AZ Daily Star article on our website link on right hand column.
Friday - National Parks - Park(ing) Celebration
First event was biking along the proposed loop  to the site of the proposed NPS Park at  Grant and Santa Rita.  The grant for the park was submitted last year, won highest ranking in the state. Fifty proposals  are now being considered at the national level.
Dr Wahl and Banner folks arrived to walk with the Doc and talk a little about the history of Jefferson Park. 
Aerial photos of Polo village and the old Polo Fields were of particular interest to former Jefferson Park resident, Marko Hansen, who remembers attending Jefferson Park School, shooting off rockets on the old Polo Field, and buying Batman cards, Bullet popscicles and Coca-Cola at Monterrey Market. The old Monterrey Market is located at Vine and Edison and was a favorite after-school stop for many.
Saturday- Banner, Sundt Construction Volunteer at IST
Many volunteers from Banner and Sundt Construction and their families completed the final phases of the raised bed gardens for the students of  the International School.

Top soil dumped in the street had to be "wheelbarrowed" through the side gate into the beds.  
Bright green boxes repurposed by sundt from concrete forms were sealed and lined and filled Saturday morning with a seemingly endless round of wheelbarrows.

The hardworking crew of volunteers had the project finished before noon.  There are going to be some happy kids on Monday!

Saturday - Neighbors Volunteer at Park Clean Up
Third Saturdays at 7am...or when you can get there!
Three volunteers worked for a couple hours on Saturday morning at the beautiful little park on the east end of Edison.  Dubbed "Edison Plaza" the 
little parklet is a delightful oasis of shade filled with butterflies, bird's nests and some overgrowth.  It will take a couple more Saturdays of work.

Next week: Thursday September 22 -TPD Chief
Next week: Saturday September 24 - shred it
Shred-It!   Saturday, September 24th   9:00 am - 12:00 pm   Sacred Heart Church 601 E. Fort Lowell Rd
Bring your unwanted documents to be securely shredded on site! Drive-through service, first two boxes are FREE. A $5 donation to Lend-A-Hand Senior Assistance will be requested for each additional box - LAH will be on-hand to collect donations directly and provide info about their wonderful work in Ward 3.
We hope to see you there! Do let us know if you would like more info or have any questions. These events are open to the public and flyers are attached to be shared with your list-serves or anyone who may be interested!                                                     (Ward III newsletter)
Park Ave Meeting October 13
Thursday, October 13, 6pm, Ward III 
      Neighbors have expressed concerns about the now completed Park Avenue Enhancement Project. In 2008, five neighborhoods (Feldmans, Jefferson Park, Mountain/First, Hedrick Acres, and North University) wrote a grant sponsored by the City of Tucson. It was specifically for "provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, and landscaping and other scenic beautification".
     The project manager, Gary Wittwer, will be meeting with the contiguous neighborhoods Thursday, October 13, 6 pm, Ward III, 1510 E Grant .  Neighbors can visit to see the Summary of the 2008 proposal, the cost bid sheet, and early images of the proposed project  posted under the "projects" tab for Park Avenue Enhancement Project.                       
All proceeds benefit projects in your neighborhood
October 29th at the International School
Business Donation:  
Jewelry donated by "High on Hematite", Evergreen, Colorado
Hand caned Shaker-style rocker donation.

 You can donate to the sale. The non-profit, Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc will provide receipts for donations .  
If you have items you can donate to the "Treasures Sale"  on Oct 29 contact Joan at  or  520-300-1980.
Proceeds from the sale will go to neighborhood projects. E-mail pics to
This sale, in concert with the Sabaku T-shirt sale,  is the neighborhood's opportunity to fund the many projects which have been suggested.  Neighborhood entrance signs, a traffic circle to abate the flooding at Cherry and Linden, little free libraries, and the bike/walk loop are just a few that have been suggested.  It was fundraisers like this, by neighbors, that funded the $38,000 Historic Nomination fee and the $4,000 for the street signs.     (J. Daniels)
More Red Tag Insights from the UA WILDCAT 

A quote from the AZ Wildcat can help Jefferson Park residents understand the mid-week parties being experienced simply by the nicknames: "The facts back up "Thirsty Thursday" and "Turn up Tuesday" as more than bad nicknames. While the weekend remains the prime time to throw a party-with 30 red tags issued on Saturdays-Thursday stands as the second-most popular time to party, with 17 red tags itself. "

Jefferson Park has been tracking 911 calls since Aug 2015.  Three categories are being tracked, "loud parties", "loud music", and "red Tag".                                       (Excerpts from AZ WildCat News, August 26)
 Sept 27 Tuesday
6:00 pm * Ward 3 Office
All neighbors are welcome to attend.  If you value what the Coalition is doing please sign the support form on the website. 
The coalition has formed a subcommittee looking at "centers"-i.e. the intersections of Grant/Campbell, Grant/First, Grant/Tucson Blvd.  These intersections can be neighborhood and business friendly nodes with careful planning. Thank you to all who are serving on that committee.
Can you spare some time?  Lend a Hand
(Alan Adler, Lend a Hand)
 Lend A Hand Senior Assistance, Inc. (LAH), which is a 10-year old non-profit group serving seniors in more than 13 neighborhoods in central Tucson. U nless you volunteer, an institution, like Lend A Hand, will not exist in the future.
Contact Coordinator Michelle Brubaker at (520) 248-6882 or 
(A. Adler)
The City has compiled the most frequently asked questions by neighbors. To see a pdf,  click here.  Lots of good information.
UA Community Garden Plots available:
1400 E. Mabel between Highland and Vine. There are so many empty lots for JPNA folks. 

Jackie Mendelson
Students for Sustainability UA Community Garden Manager
"Turning Red and Blue Green!"
Organic Garden Fair and Plant Sale
Saturday, Sept. 24,  2016
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Community Gardens @ St Mark's Church
3809 E 3rd St. (west of Alvernon, south of Speedway)
Plants & Herbs -- Food & Fun
Organically-grown Vegetable and Herb Seedlings and Seeds
Native flowering plants, essential for supporting some beneficial insects
Compost and Organic Gardening Supplies
Free Classes on Organic Gardening and Composting,  Composting Equipment
Wares from numerous local green vendors,  Petting Zoo and Crafts
Raffle for useful gardening prizes
Sponsored by Tucson Organic Gardeners, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Questions?  Please visit  
or  Brenda Earle  749-9429
Transportation Concerns..
HOW TO 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 of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to
Tucson Department of Transportation: 

A website for Neighborhoods
Crime Stats and  Code Violations listed by neighborhood
What is a code violation...?
What is a code violation...and whom do I call? Click here for a downloadable information sheet approved by the City Code Enforcement Division.
A site listing all the neighborhoods in Tucson, and important things affecting them.
City Code Violations in Jefferson Park  C ode violations such as weeds, garbage, abandoned vehicles, etc.
Police Incident reports for Jefferson Park  the 80 most recent incidents are reported here.
HELP TUCSON GET A GRIP ON GRAFFITI - The swift reporting and abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti report it immediately. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android. You can also report graffiti by emailing, or calling (520)792-2489 and choosing option 1. 
City of Tucson apps:
Watch a University of Arizona PSA about the app:
City web-site with plans and meeting dates.
October 29th at the International School
Sabaku T-shirt sale in gymnasium 
Flea Market Treasures Sale Outside
OCTOBER 29 - 9 am
Seconds, Overruns, great bargains!
Sabaku T-shirts, a Tucson original, works with two neighborhoods to bring a wonderful fundraiser.
It's that time of year again!  Take a chance and help your neighborhood. You can't win if you don't play.
Once again, the Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc. are selling chances on the Jim Click raffle.  This year a 2016 Ford Mustang! Twenty-five dollars apiece, or five tickets for $100.00.  There were only 4,300 of these cars made.  The drawing is December 2016.  One hundred percent of the ticket sales benefit the neighborhood projects. 
If you wish to buy or can sell some of the tickets:
Area # 5 Joanne  Osuna, 798-3602 
Area #  1 Jeanne Calhoun, 293-2246 
Area #  6 Louie Werthmuller, 390-9044     
Area #2 Joan Daniels, 300-1980
CONSTRUCTION UPDATES:   To learn about construction updates on the University campus go to:
Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus also has a web-site for the hospital expansion project:
Their emergency 24/7 phone number for the Banner project construction team is: (520) 268-9575
U of A -  Good Neighbor Program
24 hr hot line -  520-282-3649
Report problems 
To sign up for the neighborhood list serve:
send a blank email to
 or send a request for an invitation to

6:00 pm,  Ward III office 
1 510 E. Grant Rd 
Renew your voluntary membership of $15.   Membership form
Pay dues on-line with paypal. Click   
Area #1 - Jeanne Calhoun
Area #5 - Chad Lehrman
Area #6 - Chad Waits
Joan Daniels, co-editor                                 Joanne Osuna, co-editor
jdchama@msn.com3 23-2165             , 798-3602