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Belvedere California Notifications
Belvedere E-Newsletter
October 29, 2014
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan

Nominations for Belvedere’s 2014 Citizen of the Year
Submissions due by November 17, 2014

The Belvedere City Council is soliciting nominations for the 2014 Citizen of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the well-being of the City and its citizens over a number of years.  These contributions may be in any area of community service including social service, the arts, local government, the environment, education, etc.  Normally, a contribution in a single year, even if significant, will not be sufficient to qualify a person for nomination. Additional criteria follows:

1. The nominee must be a current resident and must have lived in Belvedere for 5 years.  Specific circumstances may dictate that the nominee is no longer a current resident.

2. While community service to Belvedere is the chief criterion, significant contributions elsewhere in Marin County and the Bay Area will be given consideration.

3. Normally a person will not be eligible for nomination if he or she is a current member of the City Council or Planning Commission.

4. If two individuals have worked together on a number of community service activities, or are related, and both have outstanding records of community service, they may be nominated as a team for Citizen of the Year.

If you would like to nominate someone worthy of this honor, please send a letter detailing your nominee’s past accomplishments and contributions, or complete and submit the nomination form, available here, to CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS, CITY HALL, 450 SAN RAFAEL AVE, BELVEDERE, CA 94920-2336, or email to

All nominations must be received in City Hall no later than 4:30 PM on Monday, November 17, 2014 (postmarks not accepted).

A committee comprised of former Citizen of the Year honorees reviews the nominations and makes a recommendation to the City Council. The award will be presented at the Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015.

Blackie's Garden

Tiburon Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business Citizen of the Year

Richardson Bay Audobon Center & Sanctuary Water Closure

Tiburon Art Walk

Landmarks Society Annual Meeting

Zero Waste Business
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Upcoming Meetings
  City Council
November 10,
6:30 PM

Parks & Open Space Committee
November 13,
4:00 PM

Planning Commission
November 18,
6:30 PM

Stay up to date on meeting times and cancellations and view agenda packets on the City's Website.

Blackie's Garden Update

Blackies Garden
Blackie’s Garden is a colorful public garden located near the parking lot of Blackie’s Pasture and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers, including Belvedere resident Harvey Rogers.

In September, the garden had one of its biggest improvements to date. Ten large, dead manzanita trees were removed from the garden area. This left a space of over 600 square feet of land in the center of the garden to be re-landscaped. Two full truckloads of new top soil were delivered to the garden and three hours were spent spreading and raking it. The next step involved planting over 70 new, drought-tolerant plants. This was completed in two separate volunteer work sessions. Thanks to the great effort of Blackie’s Garden’s hardworking volunteers, there will be lots of color when the plants mature!

Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Honors
2014 Business Citizen of the Year

Captain Maggie
Margaret McDonogh, President and CEO of the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Company, is the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Business Citizen of the Year.

McDonogh, fondly known as Captain Maggie, continues her family’s dedication to making Angel Island accessible to as many people as possible and takes pride in running what many have called a “heritage run,” following the route between Tiburon and Angel Island taken by 4 generations of the McDonogh family, who have ferried passengers since 1870.

To read more about Captain Maggie’s countless contributions to the community, please visit the Tiburon Chamber of Commerce online here.

Richardson Bay Audobon Center & Sanctuary Water Closure
October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015

Richardson Bay
Staff at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary are reminding the community that the Sanctuary waters are closed to all boat traffic and in-water activities (including kayaks & paddleboards) from October 1st through March 31st. The annual closure protects tens of thousands of migratory ducks, grebes, and shorebirds that use the Bay for re-fueling on their southward travels, or while they over-winter right here on Richardson Bay.

“This seasonal closure is unique in San Francisco Bay and is an important factor protecting our local birds,” said Kerry Wilcox, the Center’s Waterbird Program Manager. “As the summer winds down and migratory birds start to make their way into the Bay Area, we want to spread the word that the closure is just around the corner.  We had record high numbers of birds counted in the Sanctuary last winter, but it is especially important to avoid disturbing the returning flocks while they feed and rest. Just one boat moving through a flock can cause the needless loss of significant energy reserves as the birds flee. Over-winter health can be a crucial factor in determining reproductive success for these birds during the following breeding season.”

The annual closure is mandated by an ordinance of the Marin County’s Richardson Bay Regional Agency. More information is available at

Tiburon Art Walk
October 16 - November 16

Art Walk
Tiburon celebrates the arts with a new public art phenomenon: The Tiburon Art Walk.  Bringing together artists and community, the Art Walk is a free, self-guided, public art exhibition in one of the world’s most picturesque locations. Combining its stunning surroundings with the finest local, national and International artists, the Tiburon Art Walk is a great way to explore and appreciate the beauty of art, Tiburon and its ever evolving downtown.

The inaugural Tiburon Art Walk takes place from October 16 through November 6, 2014, with paintings from over 30 critically acclaimed artists on display in shops, restaurants and other locations through Tiburon. Each of the works has been thoughtfully paired with a Tiburon business, resulting in great excitement and collaboration among the artists and their hosts, with some artists even creating a new work specifically for their location. The Art Walk includes Art by the Bay, an outdoor sculpture exhibition that will adorn the Tiburon landscape from Blackie’s Pasture to Shoreline Park.

The Art Walk is presented by the Tiburon Chamber of Commerce. Guides to participating artists and locations are available in Tiburon’s shops restaurants and hotels, as well as online at

Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society Annual Member Meeting
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Tiburon Town Hall

The Landmarks Annual Meeting will be held at the Tiburon Town Hall on November 9. In addition to updating the membership on the state of the Society and electing new board members and officers, there will also be the annual presentation of the Honorary Member and Volunteer of the Year. This year’s recipients are Mary Eklund for her invaluable service as curator of the Depot House Museum, and Miles Berger for his outstanding service to the Society during the restoration of the Old St. Hilary’s Landmark.

Landmarks Archivist Dave Gotz will be giving a presentation on the 50th Anniversary of the Town of Tiburon in conjunction with the annual exhibit at Tiburon Town Hall featuring pairs of framed photos from 1960 to 2014.

Refreshments will be served at 4 PM with the meeting to commence at 4:30. For more information, please visit

Zero Waste Business
November 6, 2014, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Marin Recycling Center, 535 Jacoby Street, San Rafael

Zero Waste Business
The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council is offering a Zero Waste Business course at Marin Recycling Center in San Rafael on Thursday, November 6th 2014. This course will prepare participants for Zero Waste Business certifications and to institute sustainable business polices that reduce waste and save money. The six-hour course will provide attendees with an overview of the USZWBC Zero Waste Business Scorecard certification system, outline the definition of Zero Waste and give corporate examples of Zero Waste policies and programs. The Training also will provide educational resources and tools to help businesses get started (or complete) their efforts to pursue Zero Waste.
This course is a requirement for those interested in pursuing the professional Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) Certification; however, enrollment is open to anyone interested in learning more about achieving high Zero Waste standards and the USZWBC Zero Waste Business Certification.
Registration includes lunch and beverages all day. Register today at Additional discounts are available for USZWBC members.

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