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Monthly Meeting of the SHNA

The June meeting of the Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association will be held June 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Meeting details to be announced.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise announced, Board Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Look for minutes of recent meetings on the Minutes/Agendas page.

Sam Hughes Maps

Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association Board of Directors

James Head, PhD
President, Water Tower Committee

Josephine Wilson
Vice President, Newsletter

Alicia Armet

Nancy DeFeo

Andrew Chirch

Carolyn Classen, J.D.

William Craig
Park Tucson

Len Nicholson

Vytas Sakalas

John Wilder

John O'Dowd
The Sam Hughes neighborhood recognizes and honors President Emeritus John O'Dowd for his long service as a board member, board president, and tireless neighborhood advocate.

Neighborhood Committee Members & other Volunteers

Denice Blake
Home Tour and Himmel Park Beautification

Betty Guarraia
Home Tour and Himmel Park Beautification

Susan Peters
Himmel Park Beautification

Jeanne Foley
Home Tour

Bobbi Hutchinson
Home Tour

Pam Greene
Home Tour

Connie de la Vergne
Home Tour

Becky Heilman
Home Tour

Dustin Fitzpatrick
Historic Designation

June 01st, 2020

A Message from SHNA President Jim Head

There has been a great deal of concern in our community about COVID-19 and we've seen in the news that many public events have been cancelled or postponed. My advice to people is to rely on solid information from reliable sources with subject matter expertise.

To that end we have obtained from Pima County Government the attached memo regarding COVID-19.

The highlights include

  1. Pima County's website has an area dedicated to COVID-19:
  2. The information there is updated daily. I've looked at the site and it covers many of the questions people may have.
  3. A hotline has been established by the State of Arizona to field questions about the virus: 1-844-542-8201. This number is operated by Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center.

Tucson Mayor Romero has issued guidance to City government as well via video. WATCH: Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issues statement at
COVID-19 local impact.

In addition, Johns Hopkins University has established a website dedicated to tracking COVID-19 worldwide, at
COVID-19 worldwide impact.

This is a challenging time for communities across our country. Please take precautions in line with your particular situations. Let's help each other without taking undue risks, and stay aware of the latest guidance from the resources available to us.


James N Head, PhD
President, SHNA.

See attachment, 2020-information-related-to-COVID-19-Coronavirus.


May SHNA Board Meeting

Dear Neighbors,

The May meeting was held on May 19th using the Zoom online platform. The meeting was well attended, with most of the SHNA board, representatives of Ward 6 and the U of A, and a number of Sam Hughes neighbors taking part. Watch this space for information about June's meeting.

SHNA memberships renew on January 1st

All SHNA memberships are due for renewal on January 1st. You can renew by:
1- Mailing a check for $20 to
SHNA or Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association
c/o Membership
PO Box 42931
Tucson, AZ 85733
2- Or by Paying online with your credit or debit card. SHNA renewal postcard

Sam Hughes Plan Update Flyer
For a look at the existing plan see The 1985 Sam Hughes Neighborhood Plan

Benedictine Monastery Neighborhood Meeting

A formal neighborhood meeting was held April 17, 2019 regarding the P.A.D. (Planned Area Development) and HL (Historic Landmark) rezoning of the former Benedictine Monastery. The meeting was required by the City of Tucson as part of the process of the proposed redevelopment of the property.

The property is owned by developer Ross Rulney with architect Corky Poster of Poster Frost Mirto planning the development. The building was temporarily being used as a shelter for Central American asylum seekers.

Please see Benedictine Meeting , a copy of the presentation by the developer given at the meeting. It gives a history of the process up to that time, along with considerable detail of the proposed development, including historical photos of the monastery. The design is an ongoing process and as it progresses we'll post additional information. Also see the article about the meeting in our Spring newsletter.

Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tour 2019

The 2019 Sam Hughes and Neighborhood Tour committee would like to thank all of our participants for making the tour such a resounding, sold-out success. Those participants are the owners of the 11 homes on the tour as well as owners of the 10 other venues. But so many others are the support without which we couldn't function: 70 volunteers, advertisers, AZ DAILY STAR, and in-kind donors Rincon Market, Arte de la Vida, Fotoventures, Deadwood Framing, Bob Dobbs/Corbett Brewing Co. and, of course, our sponsor Truly Nolen.

With 1420 attendees and $39,412 in net proceeds (a 45% gain over the 2017 tour), we'll be hard put to best ourselves in the 2021 tour. Still yet, we're brimming with ideas and have 18 months to rest up. We think Mr. Sam Hughes would be mighty proud.

Denice Blake, Betty Guarraia, Jeanne Foley, Bobbi Hutchinson, Pam Greene, Connie de la Vergne, and Becky Heilman

Photo credit Dan Chavez

Brush and Bulky

The next Brush and Bulky pick up for the Sam Hughes neighborhood will be the week of June 29, 2020. Go here: for more information from the City of Tucson.


Here are links for making your tax-free donation:


Make sure under "Donation Type" you pick "Himmel Park Project" or "Himmel Park Ramada".

2017 Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tour

The Sam Hughes Home and Neighborhood Tour was held Sunday, April 9, 2017. This popular walking tour of a midtown historic neighborhood contiguous to the University of Arizona has been conducted approximately every other year for decades.

This year's tour featured 10 residences and gardens, music and art, a lecture by Senator Steve Farley about Mid-Century Modern homes here in Tucson, new and/or interesting businesses, and other points of interest in the one square mile historic neighborhood bordered by Campbell Ave. and Country Club Road and Speedway Blvd. and Broadway Blvd.

Photo by Dan Chavez Photography

2-Way Radios for Sam Hughes Elementary

Good neighbor and SHNA board member Len Nicholson presented four Motorola radios to Sam Hughes Elementary School Principal Kathryn Bolasky in September. Len researched the needs of the school, provided a couple of radios as a trial, and arranged for the purchase of the four radios on behalf of the SHNA.

Water Tower Renovation

After years of planning and fundraising the first stage of renovating the water tower across from Himmel Park is complete. For more (and bigger and better) before and after pictures click here.

Himmel Park Revitalization Campaign

Friends of Himmel Park needs your help now!  Trees in the park keep falling and dying and the City has limited funds to replace them.  More than a dozen mature shade trees have been lost in the past two years—five alone went down in the first monsoon of the summer.  With them has gone precious shade and the unique beauty of one of Tucson's oldest, most beloved parks.

For more information, including how to donate, click here.

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