Meet three generations here in Curtis Park — Daniel and Jonathan Calabretta, their sons Parker and Declan, and Daniel’s parents, Kathleen Van Ness and Charles Silber.
Daniel’s parents actually moved into the neighborhood first, about two years ago following their retirement.
“We sold our home, packaged our belongings and drove across country to our beloved new neighborhood, Curtis Park,” Kathleen recalls. “With the love of trains, distinctive homes, trees and flowers, Curtis Park became the perfect place to build our next chapter. Little did we know that Marshall Way would turn out to be the best and friendliest street in Curtis Park (in our opinion).”
A year after Kathleen and Charles made their cross-country trek, Daniel and Jonathan made a much shorter move, from their previous home in Land Park.
“Between the tree-lined streets, the park, and the best ice cream in California, Curtis Park has the feel of a true neighborhood where everyone knows each other,” says Jonathan, who like his husband grew up in New Jersey. “Everyone has been extremely friendly and welcoming, even during the pandemic. Having access to the park was critical for our boys during the shelter-in-place, and it continues to be the place where we can safely socialize with our friends.”
Daniel is a judge and Jonathan works for the state Department of Human Resources. They are active members of Parkside Community Church and look forward to being involved with the PTO when Parker starts kindergarten in a few weeks. Kathleen and Charles enjoy tending to the flowers, bird feeders and vegetables in their yard, but they are looking forward to a trip back East to visit a granddaughter in New Jersey and 8-month-only triplets in Virginia.
Next time you see them in Curtis Park, say “hello.”