May 20 | Reminder: Keep the Fountain Sign-Free

Friends and neighbors: The June 5 election is fast approaching, and the candidates and ballot measures are working hard to get your attention and your vote. Campaign signs are popping up everywhere, including around The Circle — always a popular spot due to the high volume of traffic that moves through it every day. So please share this reminder with...

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May 5 | Where There’s a Weed There’s a Way

Friends and neighbors: Every first Saturday morning of the month — at least when the weather allows — volunteers with Friends of the Fountain and Walk turn out to help keep the historic area around the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk ship-shape. On May 5, we took on a big project: Clearing weeds and other invasives from the...

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April 19 | Another Northbrae Fountain: Part 3

Friends and neighbors: The mystery of the second Northbrae fountain is solved — well, at least the part about exactly where it stood before it was removed. (You can read the back story in our two previous posts.) John Coleman, who lives on Monterey Avenue near The Alameda, sent along this note and a photograph that definitively places the smaller...

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April 17 | Another Northbrae fountain: Part 2

Friends and neighbors: Our previous post on the fact that the Northbrae development had at least one other fountain operating at one time drew a lot of interest. (If you haven’t yet read it, you can find it here.) It also led to a lot of sleuthing by a number of people to try to help determine just where this...

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April 7 | Another Northbrae Fountain …

Friends and neighbors: Recently, an antiques and ephemera collector contacted Friends of the Fountain and Walk with an intriguing pair of photographs he’d found among others in an old photo album he’d purchased. The photos pictured a young woman in early 20th century clothing posed near a pair of fountains. One of them was the Fountain at The Circle. The...

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February 10 | February at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: An update on several things as we move into February… Another soaping: After a long lull, the fountain has now been soaped for a second time in just over a month. It happened the evening/early morning of Feb. 9-10. As always, it is discouraging that someone(s) not only chooses to do potential harm to the fountain works,...

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February 2 | First Saturday Work Day in February

The weather looks like it will be great on Saturday, almost like summer! So we hope to see you all Saturday morning. Please remember to sign in at the tool shed. We will get started around 8:30 or 9. And as always, thank you so much for your support and work at the fountain! Jim and Steve


January 4 | Happy New Year! (Part 2)

Friends and neighbors: With wet weather arriving, our energetic volunteer maintenance chief Scott Dunlap (that’s him above) went ahead and took down all the holiday decorations on and around the fountain Wednesday morning, so the island is back to its simply beautiful self for another year. We hope you enjoyed the annual decorations as much as we did. With better...

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December 31 | Happy New Year! (and an update)

Hi, folks. A quick update: The lighted garlands around the perimeter of the fountain island in The Circle will be taken down today (Wednesday, Jan. 3) ahead of the expected rains. They were to stay up until Saturday, but the wet weather expected today means it is better to take them down now, so they can be dry when stored...

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December 26 | At Year’s End, Good News and Bad

Friends and neighbors: Just a quick note as we reach the end of 2017. First, briefly, the bad, or maybe sad, news: After several vandalism-free months, the Fountain at The Circle had detergent or some other soap tossed in it on Christmas night. It’s discouraging, especially after we felt we had had some success raising consciousness in the community over...

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