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Mowry’s Landing School graduate, now 100, wants to save historic Newark building

By Chris DeBenedetti
Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at 10:17 am in Uncategorized.

NEWARK — NewPark Mall is surrounded by a parking lot, Interstate 880 and auto dealers, but Emiline Rose’s vision of the area is quite different.

What Rose, a 100-year-old Fremont resident, sees there is an avalanche of memories, going as far back as 1918. She was 5 then, and starting her lessons at Mowry’s Landing School, which stood next to the mall’s future location.

Nearly a century later, Rose is upset that Newark officials say prohibitive restoration costs might force them to demolish the one-room schoolhouse, despite its historical significance.

“It’s our history, and there’s no appreciation for it; that’s what drives you crazy,” Rose said, tears glistening behind her eyeglasses. “Why doesn’t Newark keep it, for at least a while?”

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  • Jasper Stein

    It would be nice if this blog had Moderator. It seems to be like High School with all these ignorant people calling other people names or being cleverly insulting them. Chris Is moderating this blog beyond your capabilities?????

  • Chris DeBenedetti

    You’re right, Jasper. It’s time to start moderating with a heavier hand. Here’s a helpful hint: Your post above is exactly the kind of post that will get deleted in the future. It’s off-topic. It contains a personal insult. And it’s redundant. So, while I heed your comment about moderating with a heavier hand, please heed mine: If you want civility, start by displaying some yourself.

  • Tony Irvington

    Why is so imperative that something be done with this schoolhouse NOW?

    And why can’t I buy it for a dollar, move it onto the acre in back and just leave it there for the time being? Why do I have to make an expensive commitment to restore a historical building that these c*&#$*ers don’t want?!?

    Don’t worry, I’ll fix the floor good and solid so that there is no possible chance that any of the “welcome to come over anytime” ladies might hurt themselves , while inside…remembering, talking about, maybe doing a little painting, even holding an arts and crafts class, reading circle…doing ANY THING THEY Want.
    Why? Because I’m not a-…
    …because that would be … a nice thing to do.

    To UNNECESSARILY cause people to feel sadness by stating through actions of authority, that they are unimportant, useless, have nothing to offer beyond decorative human accoutremat’ (A-COU-TRA-MAH!)
    is a lousy thing to do.
    And even if it’s your thing, for making money or just the sport of the kickszzzzzzzzz
    It’s a crappy way to be.

    So YOU- the one in charge-
    Try this, maybe, now.

    Shut your mouth before another lie comes out.
    Because you ain’t selling nothing for a dollar.
    Go apologize to Rose, and ask her if SHE has any ideas.
    We’ll forget about the 10 thou you SPENT of OUR MONEY.
    and then,
    We can start all over.
    and no hard feelings.

  • Jasper Stein

    Chris, #2, That is great, thank you

  • Marty

    Only in CA can a city find a way to spend $850K restoring an 1100 sq ft building.

  • charlie C

    Why not move this historic building into the Newpark malls parking lot and charge admission… you just might recoup the $850k long after Fremont has blown up and rebuilt *THE BLOCK* for the 3rd or 4th time.

  • Jasper Stein

    Speaking of Historical Artifacts, there is a online petition to stop the Ghouls (Developers) from construction homes on a Graveyard in Mission.

    http://fremont.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/plan-to-build-homes-on-200yearold-cemetery-sparks-outrage?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=picks-1-post

    Another excellent article from the Fremont Patch

  • Dan Ondrasek

    #5

    Agreeeeeeeeeeeed. What the hell? A new ticky tacky tract costs 250-300 a square. Who came up with this figure?

  • charlie C

    Post #7 looks like another personal insult to me. This blogger seems to insinuate that ALL developer are Ghouls. Fact is many or most developer are well meaning people who mean business and build for the betterment of their communities. Not all developer should be stereotyped as ghouls.

  • Tony Irvington

    You mean the Ghoul Family isn’t the developer?

    Fremont Cemetery Homes
    http://www.fremontcemeteryhomes.com/ – Cached
    http://www.FremontCemeteryHomes.com will be back online soon! 251 Bodies moved, many bodies left buried, roads and houses being built over them behind Saint ..

    Still Charlie, you have to admit, well-meaning or not, Ghouls love cemetaries.

  • Tony Irvington

    #5 Only in California?

    In Iraq and Afghanistan, having $775/sq ft. to spend on construction wouldn’t be considered a suitable budget for Habitat for Humanity!

  • Tony Irvington

    You mean the Ghoul Family isn’t the developer?

    Still Charlie, you have to admit, well-meaning or not, Ghouls love cemetaries.

    FremontCemeteryHomes dot com will be back online soon! 251 Bodies moved, many bodies left buried, roads and houses being built over them behind Saint ..

  • Marty

    #10 True. That “million dollar compound” that the Obama admin gleefully reported Bin Laden was killed in seemed a tad overpriced. It was made of cinder blocks after all.

  • charlie C

    #11 Ton-I
    No,no,no. Developers are people too my friend…most certainly not evil spirit or grave robbers who feed on dead bodies. Don’t ya know developers mean business.

  • Dan Ondrasek

    More Newark lunacy:

    Just got this from the Save the Bay folks…

    The City of Newark plans to fill in one of the largest tracts of restorable, undeveloped baylands in the South Bay to make room for 500 houses and an 18-hole golf course. But you can help stop this project before it’s too late.

    The Bay has already lost 90% of its wetlands. We can’t afford to lose more.

    Newark’s “Area 4,” as it’s known, is located along the Bay shoreline near Fremont. It’s a massive swathe of open space that lies within the expansion boundaries of the Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge. Area 4 is home to approximately a dozen threatened or endangered species, including the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. And it is directly adjacent to Mowry Slough, a primary breeding ground for San Francisco Bay harbor seals.

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife calls the area “critically important to waterfowl and shorebirds which migrate to San Francisco Bay.” The Baylands Habitat Goals Project identified the area as uniquely suited for tidal marsh restoration that is critical to the health of the Bay.

    Newark has a choice: Will it go down in history as the city that put a golf course on restorable habitat and built 500 homes at risk of flooding? Or will it be the city that worked to expand one of the most important urban wildlife refuges in the country?

    Please TAKE ACTION and tell the City of Newark to protect the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge!

    If Newark approves this plan, we could see 2.1 million cubic yards of fill dumped onto rare and restorable wetlands. That’s enough dirt to fill nearly 100 trucks a day for two years. We’ll also lose critical wildlife habitat and expose the Bay to even more runoff pollution from this urbanized area.

    Won’t you please take action today? Tell Newark that the days of filling the Bay are over. The city should focus future growth within already developed areas—near transit, shops and services—not on ecologically-sensitive, restorable baylands.

  • Dan Ondrasek

    Forget all the global warming stuff and who or what caused it. For Sh*ts and giggles, let’s pretend that the scientists are correct and tides are rising.
    The city officials for this city and others surrounding the Bay have these last chunks of lands to develop and generate cash flow.

    So they build at or below sea level. So they bring in hundreds of thousands of square yards of fill….

    Fast forward forty years later: you are watching the next Giants World Series game and an otter floats by your BarcaLounger – who are you going to sue?

    The scientists or the city that approved this crap.

    You listening Redwood City, Newark and, yes, Fremont??

    ..and golfing in Newark. Outside of Kansas, is there a windier place on the globe?

  • Chris DeBenedetti

    Thanks for posting that mailer. I placed the Save the Bay mailer text into its own thread. Just an FYI.

  • Dan Ondrasek

    Thank you Chris – have a good weekend all!

  • Charlie C

    #16

    “I drifted from rock to rock, from stream to stream, from grove to grove….When I discovered a new plant, I sat down beside it for a minute or a day, to make its acquaintance and hear what it had to tell….I asked the boulders I met, whence they came and whither they were going.”
    -Jon Muir

    Thanks to you and yours Dan-O we* won’t* be watching the next A’s World Series game in Fremont.

  • Jasper Stein

    The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

    September 13, 2013

    The Nation’s sports editor David Zirin tells Bill that Americans are paying for expensive new sports stadiums in cities around the country to the benefit of wealthy team owners, who lobby hard for their construction. Zirin says the biggest irony is that many fans can’t afford tickets to major league games, even though they paid for the stadium where their favorite team plays — never mind those residents who aren’t sports fans.

    He points to the Minnesota Twins stadium, opened in 2010, that was “built entirely with public money, even though it had been rejected a dozen times by the voters in various referendum.” Add to that problems that result when tight municipal budgets mean choosing between needed infrastructure projects and new stadiums. In Minnesota, Zirin notes, “the very week they were gonna break ground on the new stadium, the bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, sending about a dozen people to their deaths.”

  • Charlie C

    #20
    Fyi, when the *Billionaire Team Owners* build huge stadiums it’s a win win. Just imagine the 2014 season opening with a brand new state of the art professional baseball stadium right here in Fremont… where there is currently a field of weeds. As you know if the A’s would have been allowed to move to Fremont they would have brought thousands of jobs and in the end billions of dollars in tax revenue.Thanks to you and yours some other city be hosting the next A’s World Series game and rake the profits!

  • bbox231

    Why are the politics of Fremont so frequently disconnected from reality and, instead, so mired in discussion of style points and anecdotes, and incomplete information?

    If it was only one misguided troll who put forth this kind of puerility – it would be a non-issue.

    But I also hear this same kind of broad-brush nonsense rolling off of our council members lips while in chambers as they struggle to create a veneer of conscious management of process. Just listen to a half-dozen of your favorite council meetings for evidence.

    There’s even a growing lexicon of oft-used and not particularly succinct adjectives. “Crown jewel”, “downtown” – come to mind. Based on this weeks announcements you can also add “gateway”.

    P.S. – Still holding out hope that we might continue our discussion of Fremont intersection safety and RLC’s once Vinnie pulls together and shares Fremont-specific data. OR – maybe not – in which case, I think I’ve got to place that inconclusive discussion into the “anecdote” bucket.

    Patience – I know these things can take time – there are bigger fish to fry and this is hardly a matter which is urgent . . . . . just sayin’ that I hope we can arrive at some mutual consensus about this issue.

  • Tony Irvington

    Bbox, What neighborhood do you live in?