The Noe Valley

December 2011-January 2012

What this carefree canine doesn’t know is that over the next two years, Noe Courts Park on Douglass Street will be seeing some major improvements, including the installation of a new drainage system, landscaped seating areas, and new restroom facilities.    Photo by Beverly Tharp 

A Miracle on 24th Street: Santa and Reindeer Arrive for the HoliDAYS
Noe Courts Wins a Makeover
Big-Bank Protest Finds Sympathy in Noe
Night of the Nerds: Gear Up for Tech Search Party 3.0
Forgotten Money Could Be Waiting for You
Spotlight on Lamp Designer Jennifer Slepin
Longtime PlumpJack Wines Manager Drew Spaulding Dies
Nicky Salan, 1934–2011

The Cost of Living in Noe: The Million Dollar Club
Short Takes
Police Beat
On 24th Street
Other Voices: A Christmas Story
More Books to Read: Cozy Reads for Winter
More Groups to Join
And Now For The Rumors Behind The News: The Cookie Monster?

Exercise the Winter Away at Upper Noe Recreation Center

Here’s a sneak preview of winter-term classes and sports activities offered at Upper Noe Recreation Center, 295 Day St. near Sanchez. Registration starts Dec. 17 for courses running Jan. 2 to March 12. To register or for more information, go to or call the rec center at 970-8061.

Co-ed First- and Second-Grade Basketball Wed., 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Girls First- and Second-Grade Basketball Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Girls Third- and Fourth-Grade Basketball Tues., 6-7 p.m.

Co-ed Kindergarten Basketball Tues., 4-5 p.m.

Co-ed Kindergarten Basketball Tues., 5-6 p.m.

Adult Boot Camp Tues., 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Adult Boot Camp Thurs., 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Senior (55+) Argentine Tango Thurs., 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Fairy Tale Frolics (18 months to 4 yrs) Tues., 11 a.m.-noon

Muy Thai Kickboxing (adult) Wed., 5:45-6:45 p.m.

Muy Thai Kickboxing (9-13 yrs old) Fri., 5-6 p.m.

Movin’ & Groovin’ Tues., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Movin’ & Groovin’ Thurs., 10-11 a.m.

Pilates Mat Class Wed., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Pilates Mat Class Fri., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cardio Salsa Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tot Gym (1-3 yrs old) Tues., 9:30-11 a.m.

Futsal (3-5 yrs old) Tues., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Girls Sports Sampler (5-10 yrs old) Sat., 11 a.m.-noon

Tennis (8-9 yrs old) Wed., 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tennis (7-9 yrs old) Sat., 1-2 p.m.

Tennis (6-7 yrs old) Mon., 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tot Gym (24-41 months) Fri., 10-11:30 a.m.

Karate Kidz (4-5 yrs old) Wed., 3-4 p.m.

Crossword: Ain't Necessarily So

Solve the Crossword Puzzles from past issues!

Closed for Season

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your small-batch, rustic, artisan, heirloom neighborhood journal 100 percent handcrafted in Noe Valley and vicinity since 1977 using stories and photos from all-natural sources.

Thanks to you, we’re able to take some time off to reflect, re-group, and moisturize for a month. The next issue of the Noe Valley Voice will come out in February. You have until Jan. 15 to submit all things editorial. If you want to buy an ad, your deadline is Jan. 20 (call 415-239-1114). Thanks for a great year.

Jack (the creative one "Sally made me write this") Tipple
Sally (the one who can spell and actually edits) Smith
Editors and Co-Publishers
The Noe Valley Voice

The entire contents of the Noe Valley Voice print and Web editions are protected by copyright. It is inconsiderate and illegal for you to use our stories or photos in your own publication or blog without first contacting us, getting our permission, and giving us credit. It's often very easy to use our stuff if you give us and the writers and photographers the respect we deserve. Please contact us with any questions you may have. Thank you!

Jack Tipple and Sally Smith
Editors and Co-Publishers
The Noe Valley Voice

P.O. Box 460249

San Francisco, CA 94146

The Noe Valley Voice is an independent newspaper published monthly except in January and August. It is distributed free in Noe Valley and vicinity, on or before the first Friday of the month. Subscriptions are available at $30 per year ($25 for seniors) by writing to the above address.

The Voice welcomes your letters, photos, and stories, particularly on topics relating to Noe Valley. All items should include your name, address, and phone number, and may be edited for brevity or clarity. (Unsigned letters will not be considered for publication.) Unsolicited contributions will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

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Editorial: 415-821-3324


Distribution: Call Misha, 415-752-1726

Display Advertising: Call Steve, 415-239-1114

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Display Advertising Deadline for the 

February Issue: Jan. 20, 2012

Editorial/Class Ad Deadline: Jan. 15, 2012

Calendar Deadline: Jan. 20, 2012


Sally Smith, Jack Tipple


Olivia Boler, Other Voices Editor

Corrie M. Anders, Associate Editor

Heather World, Associate Editor

Heidi Anderson, Karol Barske, Helen Colgan, Chrissy Elgersma, Jan Goben, Liz Highleyman, Laura McHale Holland, Florence Holub, Tim Innes, Jeff Kaliss, Doug Konecky, Pat Rose, Roger Rubin, Shayna Rubin, Karen Topakian, Nicole Wong


Pamela Gerard, Photo Editor

Beverly Tharp, Senior Photographer

Najib Joe Hakim, Senior Photographer


Karol Barske


Sally Smith, André Thélémaque, Jack Tipple


Jack Tipple, Misha Yagudin


Jon Elkin, Elliot Poger


Steve Steinberg, Advertising Manager

Jack Tipple


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