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For the past few years, the Mission Terrace Halloween Trick-or-Treating and festivities was becoming a true destination. So this year, when COVID struck, it didn't keep this community down. True-to-form, NMTIA and the neighborhood created a unique event where Halloween could still be celebrated, while maintaining safe distances.
Houses set up scarecrows, a google-map was created for people to walk around the neighborhood, check out the scarecrows, and vote for their favorites. Winners donned a sash and prizes were given. For a sampling of the crows, see below.
And the winners are....
(KPIX 5) – After more than four decades, three brothers will retire from their popular corner store in San Francisco at the end of October.
The Roxie Food Center has remained a Mission Terrace cornerstone where you could get a sandwich made-to-order and pets get a treat outside. But now, its owners, brothers Peter, Simon, and Tony Tannous are retiring after 45 years in business. “It’s time for us to hang our apron,” said Peter Tannous, the oldest of the three. Peter has multiple sclerosis, and as his brother Tony said, they’re all ready for a break from the long, seven-day work weeks. “It’s time to relax a little bit,” said Tony Tannous.
The three siblings emigrated from Amman, Jordan. In the 1970s, the bought their building at the corner of San Jose and San Juan avenues. “It meant a lot to us. We came to this country, 1973. American dream,” Peter said. They’ve made a living making the best sandwiches they could. “It comes out of the heart,” said Tony.
Retired Ingleside station police captain Joseph McFadden says each of the brothers is best known for his big heart. “Most generous guy I’ve ever met in my life,” McFadden said to Peter outside the store. Peter replied, “It’s our pleasure, always.”
Simon Tannous said when the brothers grew up in Jordan, the neighborhood families were close. “We had this sense of community. We really wanted to bring it here,” he said.
And they have. For more than 30 years, the Tannous brothers have fed hundreds of people at their annual Fourth of July picnic and parade across the street at Balboa Park. The trio has also given away Thanksgiving meals, hosted Easter egg hunts, and donated food for community events. They’ve had a lot of volunteer help, too, the brothers added.
At one point, Peter coached a team to keep loitering kids out of trouble. And Roxie’s walls are filled with photos of various sports teams the siblings have sponsored, from Little League, to Balboa High, to City College. “They all know us by name. It became more of a family,” Simon told KPIX 5.
Friend James Griffin recently saw Simon give away groceries to an unemployed customer who didn’t have enough money to feed his family. “He put it in the bag and said, ‘It’s on us today.’ The guy walked out and said, ‘These guys are special people.’ I said, ‘Absolutely,'” said Griffin.
The Tannous brothers sold their business to their cousins, Mike Zunoona and Mick Shehadeh. Shehadeh says they plan to keep all of the employees, who number about 10, and continue the family legacy. “We’re not going to change anything. Why change a good thing?” said Shehadeh.
And Peter, Simon, and Tony Tannous said they’ll still visit the store now and then. But only when the retirees are not sandwiching their hours between rest, travel, and spending time with their family that totals 10 children and two grandchildren.
Balboa Ice Cream opened its doors in September, much to the delight of the neighborhood. As you drive, bike, or walk along San Jose Avenue, you'll frequently see the groups of people waiting for ice cream. And it's worth the wait! And it's not just scoops; they also serve smoothies, acacia bowls, banana splits, and shakes.
You may recognize Miguel from Tasty Coffee, right down the street. Miguel and his family not only have been serving our neighborhood for years, but they also are residents of Mission Terrace. Nothing quite as great as being able to support a truly-local business.
And the variety of flavors? Yes, please. Make mine a double-scoop!
The talents and caring certainly came out this Passover and Easter weekend. Even in the midst of a pandemic, the neighbors of Mission Terrace took steps to create a celebratory atmosphere for this holiday weekend. Easter Art hung in the windows of numerous homes so families could go out and do a socially-distanced Easter Egg hunt. We saw families out and about (keeping their distance from others) and kids dressed up with rabbit ears, and at least one kiddo with in the absolutely cutest baby chick costume.
After rumors that the Easter Bunny was still making its rounds through the neighborhood, some of the NMTIA members went out to track him down. Sure enough, he was spotted making his way down Santa Ynez street, waving to people through the windows and munching on a carrot. Thanks, Mr. Easter Bunny, for visiting us!
This is our 3rd year celebrating Valentine's Day in our own special Mission Terrace Way. Our "Spread Some Love" Valentine's Project is all about making our neighborhood a better place to live.
This year, positivity was delivered in the form of individualized Valentine's cards, reaching 50 neighbors. This is more than triple the number of valentine deliveries since the project started!
In order to participate, neighbors provided and neighbor's address (and their own address to verify they are also a MT neighbor), and NMTIA did the rest! All cards said "Love having you in the neighborhood" and signed "from a Mission Terrace neighbor." People were given the option to personalized the cards further with a short note, the names of their neighbors, and/or their own name as the card-giver. Each handmade card was then delivered on Valentine's day.
Interested in spreading some positivity next year? Be on the lookout for announcements via email, meetings, facebook, and NextDoor, next year.
Happy Valentine's Day to all. <3
San Francisco surveyed the Mission Terrace and Excelsior neighborhoods, to see if people were interested in parking permits. Click the links below to see the results.NOTE: Actions to be taken as a result of this information is not yet decided and we are told that a community meeting will be held to discuss the results.
The speeds at which folks driving through our neighborhood have brought us new speed humps (bumps?) on three streets in Mission Terrace: on Cotter between San Jose & Cayuga, on Theresa between Cayuga & San Jose and on San Juan between Capistrano & Cayuga.
Let us know if they make a difference in reducing the speed of drive-through traffic and if we need more of them. And if we all drove responsibly, we won't need speed humps. It's not as though we're going anywhere fast, anyway. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Terrace celebrates another year of a fabulous 4th of July parade and picnic. Over 500 people (and a very impressive showing of festive dogs) attended this year.
The event included a parade lead by a classic cars, followed by a SF fire engine, kids on bike and trikes and wagons, dressed up dogs, and decked-out neighbors waving flags and wearing red, white, and blue. This year's parade had Rose Ann as our Marshall, and California Senator, Scott Weiner, leading the way.
The parade started at 100 Capistrano and wove its way through the Mission Terrace neighborhood, ending at Balboa Park, where picnic and entertainment were to be had. Picnickers had their choice of hamburgers or veggie burgers (with all the toppings), chips, and a beverage.
Magic Dan entertained the kiddos (as exhibited by their delighted squeals of joy!), kids got their faces painted, and people perused the classic cars.
Special thanks to Roxie's Market who donated food and drinks to feed the masses, the SFFD for their fabulous fire engine, the SFPD for protecting the parade goers, and the numerous volunteers needed to put on this event.
Portraits of Parade Pups
Magic Dan delights the kiddos!
ABC7 News Mentions our Annual 4th of July Parade, a rarity in San Francisco.
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