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Stacy to be part of the neighborhood from the time she attended kindergarten just down the street at El Roble School . Today , Stacy is a chef with a major catering company in Salt Lake City where she lives with her husband Michael . Both Dave and Mary Ann have been active in the community from the very beginning : including , the Venture Club , Sister Cities , the Garlic Festival , the American Association of University Women , the Welcome Center Advisory Board , and the Italian Catholic Federation . They ’ ve always welcomed visiting chefs and students visiting from a Sister City into their home . It is through the neighborly spirit of folks like the Peoples that this year ’ s Garlic Festival will host a 30-piece band from our Sister City , Saint-Clar , France .
Next-door neighbors , MARV AND ROXIE THOMAS , recalled that in those early days on Hacienda Street , Dave and Mary Ann hosted frequent BBQs to welcome newcomers to the neighborhood . The Thomas ’ s first met in a co-ed boarding house in Berkeley . Roxie said that back then , Marv drove a ’ 57 MG and she thought , “ He was loaded ”. They married in the late ’ 50s and are celebrating their 57th anniversary this year . They raised their three daughters , Karen , Kathy and Katie , in their Hacienda Street home . All three now have their own families and live in Los Gatos , British Columbia and Texas , respectively . Marv and Roxie are the proud grandparents of six wonderful children .
Marv owned and operated Thomas Appliance from 1976 until he retired in 2002 . The appliance repair part of his company has been serving customers ever since , under the same name but different ownership . Roxie Thomas worked for the Gilroy Unified School District as Administrative Assistant for the district Superintendent until she retired in 1993 .
Marv is a regular at Rotary and Chamber functions and has a welldeserved reputation as one of the luckiest raffle winners around . Since 1985 Marv has been active in local graffiti removal efforts . He and Roxie also have been active members of their local church .
Back in those days , Judy and I operated Digger Dan ’ s Restaurant ( later renamed Bozzo ’ s ) in Gilroy . We enjoyed meeting many neighbors who became regular customers . One family in particular was the Spencer ’ s . On any given Sunday John and Muriel Spencer and their family occupied the middle part of the restaurant . Dining with them were PATTY AND MARK SPENCER , who had also moved to Hacienda Street as the official newlyweds on the block . They raised their children Kristen and Keith in the neighborhood . When the kids were older , Patty returned to her job as a school district library aide at Glenview School . Along with Patty , her mother-in-law Muriel , Mary Ann Peoples , and neighbor Suzy Seledon have all worked at Glenview . Patty is celebrating 30 years with the Glenview Library as she continues her work there .
Today , Patty ’ s daughter Kristen teaches at Rucker School and her son Keith lives around the corner on 4th Street in the same house where his father Mark was raised . Mark and his family moved to Gilroy when he was 3 . He recalled childhood memories of neighborhood fun with squirt guns and water balloon contests . Another vivid early memory was walking with his father down to Gilroy ’ s Strand Theater on 5th Street . On their way , they passed Vivian Head ’ s house , the very same house Judy and I live in today !
While Mark ’ s family had given some thought to moving , that didn ’ t last long . Instead they remodeled their home , and to this day , Kristen and Keith still think of the Hacienda house as home . When they visit , Kristen ’ s kids sleep in her old bedroom .
There is a great deal of history and stories from the 40 years of Hacienda Street . Two items recently came to my attention and I ’ d like to share them here .
First , I mentioned neighbor Suzy Seledon , who was a beloved and dedicated teacher at Glenview School . When Suzy passed away a few years ago , her husband Ed honored her memory with a scholarship in her name . More information on the Suzy Seledon Scholarship is available on the Gilroy Rotary Club website . Thank you , Ed Seledon , for keeping the memory of Suzy and her dedication to teaching alive !
Second , Patty and Mark Spencer ’ s grandson Jonathan has a neurological affliction called Niemann-Pick . Once a year Jonathan goes to Maryland for treatment . In 2009 Gilroyan Adam Jones contacted the Spencer ’ s with an offer of help . That gesture inspired plans for a fund -raiser that will be held at Fortino Winery on July 12 , 2015 . The event will include a steak dinner , Fortino wines and a silent auction . Proceeds will help fund research into a cure for the Niemann-Pick .
I remember a comment that Marv and Roxie made once that describes Hacienda Street , and Gilroy , “ ideal climate , a certain spirit , and common good and wonderful friends .”
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Stacy to be part of the neighborhood from the time she attended kinder- garten just down the street at El Roble School. Today, Stacy is a chef with a major catering company in Salt Lake City where she lives with her husband Michael. Both Dave and Mary Ann have been active in the community from the very beginning: including, the Venture Club, Sister Cities, the Garlic Festival, the American Association of University Women, the Welcome Center Advisory Board, and the Italian Catholic Federation. They’ve always welcomed visiting chefs and students visiting from a Sister City into their home. It is through the neighborly spirit of folks like the Peoples that this year’s Garlic Festival will host a 30-piece band from our Sister City, Saint-Clar, France. Next-door neighbors, MARV AND ROXIE THOMAS, recalled that in those early days on Hacienda Street, Dave and Mary Ann hosted frequent BBQs to welcome newcomers to the neighborhood. The Thomas’s first met in a co-ed boarding house in Berkeley. Roxie said that back then, Marv drove a ’57 MG and she thought, “He was loaded”. They married in the late ’50s and are celebrating their 57th anniversary this year. They raised their three daughters, Karen, Kathy and Katie, in their Hacienda Street home. All three now have their own families and live in Los Gatos, British Columbia and Texas, respectively. Marv and Roxie are the proud grandparents of six wonderful children. Marv owned and operated Thomas Appliance from 1976 until he retired in 2002. The appliance repair part of his company has been serving customers ever since, under the same name but different ownership. Roxie Thomas worked for the Gilroy Unified School District as Administrative Assistant for the district Superintendent until she retired in 1993. Marv is a regular at Rotary and Chamber functions and has a well- deserved reputation as one of the luckiest raffle winners around. Since 1985 Marv has been active in local graffiti removal efforts. He and Roxie also have been active members of their local church. Back in those days, Judy and I operated Digger éIхɅЀѕȁɕ) 鿊e̤ɽ丁]啐ѥ)䁹́ݡɕձ)ѽ̸=䁥ѥձȁ݅)ѡMˊe̸=䁝ٕMչ))5ɥMȁѡȁ)ѡЁѡɕхԴ)ɅиݥѠѡݕɔAQQd)95I,MA9 Hݡͼ)ٕѼ!MɕЁ́ѡ)ݱݕ́ѡQɅ͕ѡ)ɕ-ɥѕ-Ѡѡ)ɡ]ѡ́ݕɔȰA)ɕɹѼȁ͍́ɥ)Ʌ䁅Ё٥܁M)ݥѠA䰁ȁѡȵ܁5ɥ)5A̰ȁM)MٔݽɭЁ٥ܸ)A䁥́Ʌѥ啅́ݥѠѡ)٥܁1Ʌ䁅́͡ѥՕ́)ݽɬѡɔ)Q䰁Aé՝ѕȁ-ɥѕѕ)ЁIՍȁMȁͽ-Ѡٕ)ɽչѡɹȁѠMɕЁѡ)͔ͅݡɔ́ѡȁ5ɬ݅)Ʌ͕5ɬ́䁵ٕѼ)ɽݡ̸݅̀!ɕ)ɥ́ɡոݥѠ)եЁչ́݅ѕȁѕ̸)ѡȁ٥٥ɱ䁵݅́݅)4 P<d4h$8)5d)U9)ݥѠ́ѡȁݸѼɽéMɅ)QѕȁѠMɕи=ѡȁ݅䰁ѡ)͕Y٥!é͔ѡٕͅ)͔)Ց䁅$ٔѽ)]5ɯé䁡ٕͽ)ѡ՝ЁѼ٥ѡЁeЁЁ)%ѕѡɕѡȁ)Ѽѡ́䰁-ɥѕ-Ѡѥѡ)ѡ!͔́])ѡ٥ͥа-ɥѕé́ͱ)ɽ)Qɔ́ɕЁѽ䁅)ѽɥ́ɽѡ啅́!)MɕиQݼѕ́ɕѱ䁍Ѽ)ѕѥ'eѼ͡ɔѡɔ)а$ѥȁM)Mݡٕ݅́)ѕѕȁЁ٥܁M)]M͕݅䁄܁啅́)ȁ͉ɕȁ)ݥѠ͍͡ȁ5ɔ)ɵѥѡMM)Ḿ͡مѡɽ)Iх ՈݕͥєQ԰)Mȁѡ䁽M)ȁѥѼѕٔ)MA䁅5ɬMˊe)Ʌͽ)ѡ́ɽ)ѥ9A=)啅ȁ)ѡ́Ѽ5居)ɕѵи%ɽ典))хѕѡMˊéݥѠȁ)QЁɔɕ́ȁչ(Ʌ͕ȁѡЁݥЁѥ]))ձȰԸQٕЁݥՑ)ѕȰѥݥ́ͥ)ՍѥAɽ́ݥչɕ͕ɍ)Ѽɔȁѡ9A)$ɕȁЁѡЁ5؁)IᥔѡЁ͍ɥ́!)Mɕаɽ䰃qєх)ɥаݽəհ)ɥ̻t)ѽ乍(