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Friday, August 31, 2018                                                David P. Donery, Town Manager

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History of Labor Day

Labor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day Legislation

The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During 1887 four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1884, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Founder of Labor Day

More than a century after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.


The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.


A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.
The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

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Town Offices Closed on Monday, September 3rd

The Town Hall, Library and Recreation offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 3, 2018. While Town offices are closed, the Police and Fire Departments are on duty and in touch with management staff to ensure a quick and thorough response to any issue that may arise.

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SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement to be Reviewed by the Town Council on Sept. 11th

In accordance with Town Council policy, the draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of San Anselmo and Service Employees’ International Union, Local 1021 will be reviewed by the Council at their meeting on September 11th.

The Council will review the agreement and take public comment at this meeting, and will consider the agreement for approval at their meeting on September 25th.

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Ross Valley Flood Protection and Watershed Program


Please visit the link below for a program update regarding the Ross Valley Flood Protection and Watershed Program (Flood Zone 9).

http://marinwatersheds.org/sites/default/files/2018-08/Ross_Valley_Program_Report_15-18v3.pdf

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Matt Jaffe to play at Country Fair Day!


We are excited to announce that Matt Jaffe will be playing at this year’s Country Fair Day in Creek Park from 12-3pm.!
 
MATT JAFFE is a singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started taking music (a little bit) more seriously when JERRY HARRISON of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record.  Since then, Matt has churned out more songs than he can remember the words to, oversaturated the market with gigs (opening for the likes of MAVIS STAPLES, WILCO, and BLUES TRAVELER), and collaborated with the likes of CHUCK PROPHET and TOM HIGGENSON of the Plain White T's.  Having toured the country playing places like The Fillmore and your local hipster's basement, Matt is back in the studio with his band, readying his third record and preparing to bring the guitar gospel back to the masses.
 
"Jaffe, young and full of raw musical power and drive, has developed a kind of neo-punk style that recalls Joe Strummer and The Clash. And that's a very good thing"
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Town Books News

TOWN BOOKS is proud to host an exhibit of paintings from the San Anselmo Kids Art Camp, organized and facilitated by local painter Michael Feldman. The work will be on display September 1st through September 30th.  A reception will be held on Friday, September 7th, from 5pm to 7pm. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Come visit us and enjoy the work of these inspiring young artists.

TOWN BOOKS: 411 San Anselmo Avenue
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
Info:  415.526.3791 or townbooks.org 

Country Fair Day is set for Sunday, September 30th
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to the 48th Annual Country Fair Day, a true community celebration in downtown San Anselmo. This popular community festival showcases our Town with a parade, children’s activities, community booths, live music, and delicious food.
 
Community Booths and Kids Entertainment ~ From 10:00 am - 3:00 pm the Avenue will be lined with community booths, United Market’s Taste Row, as well as kids activities! There will be a Bounce Zone, Rock Wall, Extreme Air Bungee, Train, and Petting Zoo!
Parade down San Anselmo Avenue ~ 11:00 am
Food ~ Enjoy yummy hotdogs and hamburgers, treats from Sugar Magnolia Food Truck, and of course we will be continuing our pie and sno cone tradition!
Music ~ There will be live music all day from 10:00am-2:30pm
Cedarsville ~ An exciting new addition to Country Fair Day this year is “Cedarsville”, situated in Imagination Park and sponsored by Cedars as a kickoff to their 100th anniversary of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Cedarsville” will feature a free Ferris wheel, a free giant slide, a marching band, and a mini-town with a variety of activities including collaborative art projects, a farm stand, and so much more.
 
Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out! To submit a booth and/or parade application, please contact the Recreation Department at (415) 258- 4640 or email mogrady@townofsananselmo.org

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Nominate Your Favorite Volunteer!!!


Do you know an unsung hero who has devoted lots of time and energy to the Town of San Anselmo? The Town Council is calling for nominations for the Town’s Volunteer of the Year Award, honoring those who make a difference in our town.  The award is sponsored by the Friends of the San Anselmo Volunteer Effort (SAVE).
 
To nominate a special volunteer for this award, go to: http://www.townofsananselmo.org/forms.aspx?FID=101
 
The winner will be chosen by a Selection Committee.  Nominees should be current and active volunteers for the Town of San Anselmo. 
 
The Volunteer of the Year award winner will be honored at a Town Council meeting in the Fall. The deadline for submission is Sunday, September 30, 2018.

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Fall Registration is now available 


We know you are enjoying that summer sunshine right about now, but fall is almost here!
Check out all of the fun things the Recreation Department has planned for you in our Fall 2018 Activity Guide and click here to register.
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Tell Us What You Think


Parents and kids: we need your help!

Tell us what kind of children’s library program would be of most interest to you on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm.

Please take our survey here:
https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/280/Issue_6522

Mark Your Calendar for Summer Events in San Anselmo!

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Picnics on the Plaza Today!


In its ninth year, the popular Picnics on the Plaza events are back!  Come enjoy some live local music on the Town Hall lawn! Bring a picnic blanket or chairs, your family and friends, and come enjoy a beautiful evening in downtown San Anselmo. Tonight's event is from 5-8pm.  Other Picnic dates are August 31 and September 7.  This year the entire series is sponsored by Eric Gelman from Paragon Real Estate!

  • August 31 | The Remedies - Classic Rock, Blues, and R&B
  • September 7 | El Cajon - California Soul & Garage Rock
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Movies in the Park

Movies in Creek Park 

The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the popular Movies in Creek Park event series starting this Saturday. The movies will run in Creek Park on Saturday Nights from June 2nd until October 27th (with the exception extreme weather conditions and on July 21st for the Beatles Tribute Concert). Seating begins around 7pm, with a pre-movie slide show, announcements, trivia and nightly raffle.  Movies begin when it becomes dark enough and will generally run two hours. The films are generally acceptable for all audiences, but parental guidance and child supervision is always recommended. To view the list of films, CLICK HERE.

Film genres will include Action, Animation, SciFi, Classics, Comedies and Feel-good Favorites. The 2018 season movies were selected from an exhaustive list of requests from members of the community, merchants and business owners, then cross-referenced and licensed by the Motion Picture Association for public viewing. Many "favorites" are not available due to licensing restrictions and "black-out" periods by motion picture studios.

For complete information, visit 
https://www.moviesincreekpark.com

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, Sept. 3 - Planning Commission (CANCELLED due to holiday)
Monday, Sept. 10 - Arts Commission - 7pm, Historical Museum
Tuesday, Sept. 11 - Economic Development Committee - 8:45am, Council Chambers
Tuesday, Sept. 11 - Town Council - 7pm, Council Chambers
Wednesday, Sept. 12 - Ross Valley Fire Board - 6:30pm, Station 19

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