The Sprecht family on Redding Road hosted a Halloween party for the children of the neighborhood again this year. The party allows the children to see each other’s costumes while snacking before starting the serious business of trick-or-treating. Each year, more homes in the neighborhood are decorated for Halloween — some elaborately!
Twenty-four years ago, when we moved into the neighborhood, children were few and far between. This was an older neighborhood; many residents were retired. In the last eight to 10 years, we have seen a noticeable increase in families with young children. Our latest count indicates we have approximately 95 children residing in College View Estates.
In response to having so many young children living here, the board of the College View Estates Association (CVEA) created a new position to coordinate and create programming in the community for children. Josette Alvarez has volunteered to be the coordinator of family/children programs. We are looking forward to more fun in the neighborhood.
A couple nights ago, the neighborhood book club met. This club was born at a First Friday Gathering two years ago and has grown to include 20 avid readers.
A week ago, our monthly First Friday Gathering took place at a home on Redding Road. It was well attended by neighbors catching up with each other. This informal gathering moves around the neighborhood as different neighbors volunteer to host.
As the undergrounding project continues in some parts of the neighborhood, Bixel Drive, the first street started, was completed a week ago. The event was marked by the removal of the temporary water pipe. The finishing touch will be the resurfacing of the streets when all the sewer and water work in the neighborhood is completed.
The quarterly meeting of the CVEA was hosted by the Pugliesi family on Remington Road; approximately 25 were in attendance. We received updates from Sanna Loando, from Council member Georgette Gomez’s office, and Rachel Gregg, government and community relations for SDSU. We always appreciate having direct representation from these offices at our meetings. The CVEA board will also be meeting this month.
This week, our corresponding secretary just sent out an announcement that two long-time members of College View Estates, one 102 years old and one 92, died recently. One attended the ice cream social on Drover this summer. The two women were neighbors who lived across the street from each other.
—Patrick Hanson is president of the College View Estates Association.