Every few years, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) likes to do some command staff rotations, and it seems that it's our turn here in Mission Terrace, for a switcheroo at the Balboa Park/Ingleside police station, effective Saturday, October 21, 2017.
Captain "Joe" McFadden is a 4th-generation San Franciscan who has had a wide breath of policing experience in everything from patrols, to SWAT, to Homeland Security, to CSI, to training at the police academy. He's often expressed how much he has loved to serve our neighborhood, and is known to be a very approachable, responsive, and active in our community. Cpt. McFadden will be moving on to a city-wide investigative unit. He will certainly be missed.
In his stead, we welcome Captain Jack Hart. The Captain also a native San Franciscan and USF law school graduate, who wears the same badge number that his great-grandfather had. He's reported to be intellectually curious, reflective, a good listener, and holds offers to a standard of fairness, looking for their "heart set" dedicated to service, justice, compassion, and accountability. His work with Blue Courage emphasizes these values. Please welcome Cpt. Hart when you see him!
Please pay attention to the air quality index, as both humans and pets may be particular sensitive to the smoke coming over from the North Bay fires. It is recommended that those who are particularly sensitive, stay inside with the windows and doors closed, as much as possible.
On Saturday, September 30th, over 200 people gathered in Balboa Park, for our first Movie In The Park event. Disney's "Wreck It Ralph" was shown, and is a story about video game characters who are misunderstood, and the perceived villain ends up being the unlikely hero for this delightful family movie.
In addition to enjoying this hilarious movie, the event also included; popcorn, raffle prizes, and an all-around good time with the community.
Thanks to Sean and Andrea of the Dark Horse Inn and the Excelsior Outer Mission Merchants and the office of Supervisor Safai for making this event such a great success.
10/28/2017 - CORRECTION: Roxie's has been here since 1975 (far longer than the 20 years that was originally stated in this post.
On the corner of San Jose and Santa Ynez, is a corner store and deli best known by locals as "Roxie's." Once you pass through the doors, your typical corner store items (food, beverages, household necessities) are packed in tight. There is minimal room to maneurver through the two aisles, as the place is also packed with people lining up for their popular sandwiches.
If you are in the mood for a large, yummy, and good ol' fashioned sandwich, come on by, and be prepared to wait as there is always a line. But it is worth it. Try the pastrami on dutch crunch, tri-tip, or Meatloaf Mafia. As one Yelper put it "Seriously, these things are effin' huge and a regular could feed two people and a supreme could feed a village and have enough leftovers for your dog. This place is local and legit."
In the neighborhood since 1975, Roxie Food Market has become an institution whose contributions go beyond filling our bellies with tasty food. They also serve a healthy does of generosity by sponsoring local Little League teams, several sports teams at Balboa High School & nearby City College, donating treats for annual celebrations such as the Easter Egg hunt, 4th of July picnic, Thanksgiving dinners, and countless other neighborhood activities.
Some articles about this neighborhood institution:
And... $200 was raised for Unidos por Puerto Rico in order to help with hurricane relief efforts. For more details about the event, and to get the recipe for the sauce, lick HERE.
Lifelong Mission Terrace resident and longtime NMTIA member & officer Delia Kutches (known by friends & family as "Dee") has passed away.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Andrew Philip Kutches and her eldest son, Andrew (Drew) Steven Kutches. Dee grew up in the same house in which she raised her family.
Upon graduation from St. Mary’s College in 1947, Dee worked as an active RN for more than 30 years while raising her growing family. Dee was an avid flower arranger and always enjoyed corresponding with distant friends and relatives. Those who knew her well saw her devotion and dedication to friends and family, those unfortunate enough to be considered foes met her “Fighting Irish” spirit and determination. Dee and Andy spent their later years traveling together to such various places as Ireland, India and China.
The Excelsior & Outer Mission Neighborhood Strategy continues to develop with the help of over 950 community members who participated in the survey (with Mission Terrace being the 2nd most participatory group). The results of the survey are in.
Members of a Working Group are participating in collaborative meetings with the Planning Department, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency, the Department of Public Works, and the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development. Together, they are discussing issues important to the neighborhood and strategies to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities.
All working group meetings are open to the public. Upcoming meetings (as of 9/5/2017) include:
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Hooray! After years and much neighborhood support, the north-west triangle of Balboa Park, along the upper block of Havelock Street, was approved as a mixed-use off-leash dog-play area. The approval came at the SF Recreation & Park Commissioners Meeting on July 20th, 2017. Special thanks to Abby Nguy for her leadership on this endeavor, Supervisor Safai for his support, and the numerous neighbors who voiced their support and made this happen. Despite record-breathing temperatures, several dog-guardians of Mission Terrace, showed up for a celebration on Friday, September 1, 2017.
Further information on fences, signage, doggie-bag station, etc. will be coming soon. So bring your furry family member and help celebrate!
Tuesday, the July, 4th, 2017 was a great day in Mission Terrace and we want to thank all of the 4th of July volunteers and sponsors:
Gladys, Nancy, Donna, Rita, Ruth, Lydia, Cathy, Kathy, Maribel, Caroline, Margerite, Jack, Christian, Glen, Linda & Joe, Jean, Leo, Denise, Barbara, Sharon, Patti, Tyler, Jane, Mel, Don, Brian, Ahsha "Grand Marshall" Safai, Al, Mary, Nancy, Mark, Rick, Noah, Vivian, Uncle Sam, the lady who helped at the soda pop table, and photo-taker Asako Shimazaki.
the Roxie Food Center: Tony, Simon, Peter and the gang (Happy Birthday, Tony),
And a big thanks to: All the kids who showed up, Magic Dan and Angie, District 11 Democratic Club, Ecology, SFFD -T-15 aerial truck, SFPD -Ingleside Station, Cayuga Improvement Association Neighbors (the CIA!), SF Hilton Hotel, Golden State Rods
and anyone else we might have left out.......
Sunday, May 7th, 2017 your Mission Terrace neighbors opened their gardens for the first annual Mission Terrace Garden Tour.
We've got a whole lot of green thumbs in our hood; urban homesteads, drought-tolerant landscapes, glass-filled pathways, labyrinths, succulents, and blooms galore. There was something for everyone, and it was a fantastic way to spend a warm day and get to meet more of the neighbors.
Looking forward to next year's tour!
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