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Monday, May 8, 2017

SMIA - Presentation by new NPD Chief Adam McGill at 7pm with Board meeting at 6:30pm - Thursday, May 11 - All Saints Church

General Membership Meeting / Board Election – 6:30 pm, May 11th, All Saints Church 

Per SMIA Bylaws, we will hold an annual General meeting to elect Officers and Board of Directors. The meeting will be held at 6:30pm, May 11th, at All Saints for board election and general business.

The SMIA Officers and Board of Directors Nominees are as follows:
  • President – Sylvia Barry 
  • Vice President – Alice Demushkin Dow 
  • Treasurer – Kathryn Chang 
  • Secretary – Anita Waite 
  • Directors – Mike Morris, Susan Stompe, Susan Wernick

Presentation by Novato Police Chief, Adam McGill – 7:00 pm, May 11th, All Saints Church 

Come and meet the new Novato Police Chief, Adam McGill.

Chief McGill will speak about his history in law enforcement, his appointment to the NPD, his assessment of crime and safety in the City of Novato, and his plan for law enforcement for the City.

We hope to see you at both meetings this Thursday!

Thank you!
Sylvia Barry
San Marin Improvement Association
Cell/Text: 415-717-0293

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

San Marin Easter Egg Hunt, 11am, Saturday, April 15, All Saints Church

Our annual San Marin Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, April 15th at 11am at All Saints Lutheran Church.

Bring your kids, grand kids and family for our traditional Easter Egg hunt and meet the Easter Bunny! There will be three age groups - 0-2, 3-5, 6-9. 

We will also have potato sack race, egg toss and 3-legged race for the kids. Rick Wernick will be the Master of Ceremony with San Marin High Students assisting the Hunt and games.

All Saints church will be cooking up some BBQ for sale benefiting their youth group, while Kona Shave Ice truck along with the Kona Mascot add  to the festivities for the Easter Egg Hunt!  Please plan to stay for some BBQ with your friends! 

Please contact Sylvia Barry if you can help with the event or if you have other fun games in mind. We hope to continue the San Marin Tradition and make this fun for our kids and family! - cell/text 415-717-0293 email

Monday, March 13, 2017

City of Novato Budget Planning Workshop - 7pm, Thursday, 03/30, All Saints

Interested in learning abut City budget and provide input to budget planning priorities for the City of Novato?

You are invited to attend a budget planning workshop by City of Novato's Finance Manager, Brian Cochran, to learn about the City budget, visit with City departments, ask questions and share your thoughts.

• Topic: City of Novato’s Budget Planning Workshop
• Presenter: Brian Cochran, Finance Manager, City of Novato
• Date/Time: 7pm-9pm, Thursday, March 30
• Location: All Saints Church, 2 San Marin Drive – Thank you for letting us use the facility!

This is your chance to be involved. We hope you can attend the important meeting. Please invite our San Marin neighbors!

If you can't attend the workshop, please participate in an online discussion to share your budget priorities on Open Novato at Topics will be posted on Thursday, March 23. 

For more information on the City's budget:
For flyer and additional workshop at Hamilton and Downtown Novato

Please let me know if you are coming so I can get a headcount if possible. 

Thank you! 
Sylvia Barry 
San Marin Improvement Association (
Cell/Text: 415-717-0293

Thursday, October 6, 2016

SMIA San Marin Neighborhood Halloween Parade 11am, 10/29th

The Annual San Marin Improvement Association's ( San Marin Neighborhood Halloween Parade is scheduled Saturday, October 29th, at 11am. 

The parade starts in front of 181 San Andreas Drive (5 houses from San Marin across from the field) 

Categories are (0-2,3-5,6-8,9-12,groups/families, and pets). 

There will be a table set up prior to 11am for kids, families and pets to register and receive a number for judging. Parade will be led by Novato Fire and will commence on the normal route, down San Andreas, turn right onto San Carlos and finishing at All Saints Church where we will have a Halloween Costume contest. 

Big shout out to Novato Fire, Novato Police and the San Marin High School students for helping with the parade each year. 

Many thanks to San Marin neighbor Clint McArdell for stepping up to organize this event for the past few years! This is how we make our community great for everybody! 

Let your neighbors and friends know and see you October 29th! 

We are in need of Volunteers - both Adults and High School Students (will receive volunteer hours). 

Please call Sylvia Barry (415) 717-0293 or email if you can help! 

Sylvia Barry 
San Marin Improvement Association

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Annual San Marin Entire Neighborhood Garage Sale, 9am-1pm, this Saturday, 09/17

The Annual San Marin Neighborhood Garage Sale sponsored by San Marin Improvement Association ( is scheduled for 9-1pm, Saturday, 09/17.

Check for the Garage Sale List and Instructions.  There usually are many homes that have garage sales the same day but are not listed.

Please email your garage sale (address, cross street, items) to by Friday, 09/16, 2PM, to put you garage sale on the page and in the flyer to be printed and put along San Marin Drive.

Click for 2016 San Marin Garage Sale List -  - list updated till Friday afternoon (8.5x14)

For neighbors who are doing garage sale, other than the ADs I will put out, you are welcome to place your own ad and directional signs.  Please take all directional signs down after the sale to keep our neighborhood tidy.

To Recycle, Reuse, Dispose - Click  for items that are not sold but you would like to recycle, reuse, dispose

* Fresh Live/Cooked Lobster Sale Fundraiser - 09/24, 10/22 - 100% proceed goes to high school scholarships
* SI Novato Annual Luncheon - 10/05 - Positivity and Optimism Winning the Day - Laura Holmes Haddad, local author of This is Cancer: Everything You Need to Know from the Waiting Room. Register NOW - Limited Seats
* Oktoberfest - 10/22 5:30-10pm  Tickets?  Contact, Fundraiser for Novato Sunrise Rotary.

Thank you!
Sylvia Barry
cell/text (415) 717-0293

Friday, August 19, 2016

High Fire Season is Here!!! Come and Hear NFD Fire Chief Mark Heine Talk about Fire Prevention, 7pm, Wednesday, August 24

Just this week, Clayton Fire destroyed 268 structures with 175 being single family home! Novato had a couple close calls recently – Fire in Partridge Knolls II caused $250K+ damage by fire started on the exterior of the home and was intensified by the junipers near the house; another fire in the President’s Area destroyed the garage and 2nd story of the home.   Fortunately, both were contained before spreading further!
We feel this is the time to keep our guard up and have a refresher course from Novato Fire Department!
Novato Fire Chief, Mark Heine, will be the presenter for the next San Marin Improvement Association’s (“SMIA”) meeting.  He will touch upon Fire Prevention, current status on Fires around the state and the Paramedic Service in Novato.
It promises to be another hour well-spent.  
·      Topic: Fire Prevention, Fire-Fight and Paramedic Service
·      Presenter: Mark Heine, Chief, Novato Fire Department
·      Date/Time: 7pm, Wednesday, August 24
·      Location: All Saints Church, 2 San Marin Drive – Thank you for letting us use the facility!
We hope you can attend and please invite your San Marin neighbors!
To learn more about San Marin Improvement Association, please click  
Thank you! 
Sylvia Barry
Cell/Text: 415-717-0293
San Marin Improvement Association (

Saturday, July 30, 2016

San Marin High Proposed Athletic Field Light Informational Meeting, Wednesday, August 3, 7pm

Per request by concerned neighbors who live in the proximity of San Marin High School, San Marin Improvement Association (“SMIA” - has arranged an informational meeting about the proposed lighting at San Marin High School’s athletic field.
Tony Franceschini, San Marin Mustangs Sports Booster member who is heading the initiative will present the proposed project to SMIA members.  This is an opportunity for neighbors to learn firsthand about the project, ask questions and raise issues.
·         Topic: San Marin High School Proposed Field Light Project
·         Presenter: Tony Franceschini, San Marin High Sports Boosters Parent 
·         Date/Time: 7pm, Wednesday, August 3
·         Location: All Saints Church, 2 San Marin Drive
You are welcome to invite other San Marin neighbors who might be interested in learning about this project.
To learn more about San Marin Improvement Association, please click
Thank you!
Sylvia Barry
Cell/Text: 415-717-0293

San Marin Improvement Association (