2017

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At approximately 5:25 pm yesterday (April 26), four beams dislodged from the steel supports during steel erection at the construction site of Facebook’s new building 21 in Menlo Park. Two iron workers erecting the steel fell approximately 30 feet resulting in injuries. They were transported to Stanford Hospital.

Both workers were wearing required fall protection equipment, according to a statement issued by Level 10 Construction, the contractor doing the building.

The crew of Menlo Engine 77, out of Belle Haven, arrived at 5.28 pm and was immediately escorted in by security and construction workers directly to the two injured men, who had been moved to a position of safety by fellow co-workers.

“Fortunately, the iron workers were wearing their safety harnesses and rigging, which probably helped save their lives along with, as we understand it, the fact that the beam they were attached to caught on a lower floor assembly,” said Menlo Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

One of the injured workers was released from the hospital last night, and the other is still under observation, according to Level 10.  The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Menlo Fire reported that a number of steel upright and cross beams were damaged in the collapse. “Nothing can be touched until CAL-OSHA conducts an investigation,” said Chief Schapelhouman. “We will obviously support the contractor and OSHA investigators in anyway necessary.”

Photo courtesy of Menlo Fire

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Rotary Connects presents talk on water supply and the drought on May 3

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“Water supply and the drought: where we are going” is the topic of a talk as part of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park’s Rotary Connects program. It will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the Pacific Union Real Estate, 1706 El Camino Real, Suite 220, Menlo Park. The community is invited to […]

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Author and consultant Robbie Kellman Baxter talks about “the membership economy”

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Growing up first in the Allied Arts neighborhood of Menlo Park and then in Atherton, Robbie Kellman Baxter couldn’t envision working here. “I wasn’t technical, so I didn’t see a future for myself,” she recalls thinking. But by the time she graduated from Stanford Business School, that had all changed. After working for a succession […]

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Atherton celebrates Arbor Day on April 28

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The town of Atherton is celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, April 28, at 10:00 am by planting trees in Holbrook-Palmer Park. Attendees are encouraged to wear clothes that can get dirty. Gloves provided. Contact Sally Bentz, Town Arborist, at (650) 752-0526 or sbentz@ci.atherton.ca.us for more information.

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La Entrada in Menlo Park is named a California Gold Ribbon School

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La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park received the California Gold Ribbon Award (formerly California Distinguished School Award) this year, previously given that designation in 1999 and 2010. It was one of only four San Mateo County schools to be recognized for excellence in educational programs. The others were Burlingame Intermediate School, Borel Middle School (San Mateo/Foster City ) […]

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Local libraries offer free “Check It Out!” energy and water saving toolkits

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Beginning April 25, county library users can borrow a “Check It Out!” Energy and Water Savings Toolkit from any community public library in San Mateo County. Outfitted with tools, supplies, measuring devices and a user-friendly guide, the toolkits can help residents conserve water, use less electricity and save money by taking a few simple actions. […]

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Menlo Fire rescues man from basement under construction in Atherton

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For the second time in the last nine months, Menlo Park Firefighters used specialized rescue techniques and technical rope and rigging equipment to safely remove a construction worker from a large residential construction projects basement, after the 33-year-old male worker fell from an incomplete first floor assembly. On April 21, 2017, Firefighters on Menlo Engine 3 were dispatched […]

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Dariusz Paczuski draws on his Polish heritage in founding Rocket Vodka

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Dariusz Paczuski admits “vodka is in my blood.” That’s one reason he started Rocket Vodka in his Menlo Park garage. Dariusz’s family fled Poland to escape communism when he was about a year old, eventually settling in Norway, where he was a member of the Norwegian National Swim Team. When he was 20, a  swimming scholarship […]

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USGS lecture on April 27 looks at untreated groundwater

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The topic of the free USGS public lecture on April 27 at 7:00 pm is “Potential Corrosivity of Untreated Groundwater in the United States.” The talk will be given b Kenneth Belitz, Chief Groundwater Assessment, National Water Quality Assessment Program and take place in Rambo Auditorium, Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Rd. in Menlo Park.

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Portola Valley School District to host inaugural School Maker Faire on April 28

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Portola Valley School District’s School Maker Faire is a one-day event being held on Friday, April 28th from noon to 4:00 pm at Corte Madera School in  Portola Valley. Open to the public, the event will showcase kindergarten through 8th grade projects created by inventors, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, crafters, artists and DIYers of all kinds, […]

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Update on various Menlo Park Fire Protection District news & activities

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Lots of news coming from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, thanks to updates from Chief Harold Schaplehouman. Community meeting in Belle Haven There will be a community meeting on April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am at Fire Station 77 located at 1467 Chilco Street to discuss the future of essential fire and emergency services in […]

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